Some supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari, under the aegis of Buhari Northern Grassroots Vanguard have called for the removal and replacement of the service chiefs over the recent attacks on Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, leading to the death of security officials, including senior military officers and civilians.
They said on Wednesday in Abuja that their call was necessitated by the rising wave of insecurity in the country, and which was portraying President Buhari’s administration in bad light given his oath of office to protect lives and property.
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The National Coordinator of the Vanguard, Dr Ibrahim Hassan, said that it would still support President Buhari like it did in 2015 and 2019, and expressed satisfaction with the Buhari administration in its transformation of the country.
“We are totally disappointed with the persistent and worsening state of insecurity in the country particularly the North. We are saddened by this development and are calling for immediate action before we lose our glory as a country.
“Mr. president sir, you have done well and still doing well in almost every area of your mandate but insecurity is fast threatening these achievements and if nothing is done fast, Nigerians may give up on our government,” Hassan said.
He expressed disbelief over the repeated attack on the convoy of Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, saying the attacks on a chief security officer of a state indicate that no one was safe in the country.
According to him, besides the worsening insecurity in the country, the continued retention of the service chiefs had resulted in stagnation in the military leading to low morale among officers and men in the service.
“We wish to condole with Nigerians and the Government of Borno State over the loss of about 11 security personnel in his convoy during the third Boko Haram attack on Governor Zulum’s convoy. Our hearts are with the families of these gallant officers who paid the supreme price for our country,” Hassan said.
He said, “Mr. president sir, you have done well and still doing well in almost every area of your mandate but insecurity is fast threatening these achievements and if nothing is done fast, Nigerians may give up on our government.
“We rode to power in 2015 with the massive support of Nigerians who stood under the sun and in the rain to defeat an incumbent PDP government because of Boko Haram and other security challenges. They voted for you because they believe that you will address the insecurity in the country and other challenges.
“While we must acknowledge that you are doing your very best to put our country on the part of prosperity, on the other hand, particularly, insecurity, Nigerians are sad, disappointed and want something done fast.
“The first step to take, Mr. President, is to rejig your entire security architecture starting with the sack of the service chiefs without further delay. This will immediately give birth to new ideas that will defeat this insecurity.