Why Buhari Won’t Change Service Chiefs — Senator Hanga Reveals

Former member of the House of Representatives and Senator representing Kano Central, Senator Rufai Hanga has expressed his worry over the current state of the nation. He however, gave reasons why Buhari won’t change his service Chiefs at this time.

<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">In an interview, Senator Hanga said that he was concerned about the rising level of insecurity in the country. He noted that the statement given by Garba Shehu, Buhari's spokesperson on the Borno Killings, who blamed the farmers for not taking clearance from the army, was very embarrassing and scandalous. “Nowhere in the country is safe”, he said.In an interview, Senator Hanga said that he was concerned about the rising level of insecurity in the country. He noted that the statement given by Garba Shehu, Buhari’s spokesperson on the Borno Killings, who blamed the farmers for not taking clearance from the army, was very embarrassing and scandalous. “Nowhere in the country is safe”, he said.

However, when the senator was asked about Buhari’s response to the renewed call by the National assembly to sack his Service Chiefs, Hanga said the president has refused to act on reasons best known to him. He further mentioned that the president is allegedly afraid of a coup and that the president himself once mentioned it. Even though the president said their best is not good enough, the president’s fear of an impending coup will not let him sack them.

These were some of his words:

“The Senate and the House of Representatives have made this call several times, but the president has refused to act for the reasons best known to him. Some people say he is afraid of coup. He once mentioned it that he didn’t want to change the Service Chief because there were very ambitious officers down the ladder. That means he is afraid of coup”.

Senator Hanga also said that the call by the National Assembly is a mere political statement and that nothing will happen if the president refuses to turn up or remains adamant about the issue.

According to Hanga also, the president cannot be Impeached. “Sometime ago”, he said, “a member of the House of Representatives said they were signing a resolution to impeach the president, but when he brought the paper to a Northerner, he said he doesn’t like the president but will not sign for a Yoruba man to take over”.

In conclusion, Hanga, when he was asked on his view on the general outlook of things, he said that the government has realized that it has failed woefully. So, it is up to PMB to do what’s best for the country or lose his integrity when he leaves office. Apparently, the president can be compelled by the National Assembly to act by way of veto, but it depends on whether the National Assembly is up and doing as they have failed so many times like in the Electoral Act Bill.

Personally, I’d urge the president to do the right thing now, otherwise he’ll regret not having made certain decisions when he leaves office as well as lose respect from Nigerians. How do you take “fear of coup” to be the reason for the president’s adamant attitude towards his service Chiefs?

Zabarmari killings;Pyrates demand sack of Service Chiefs

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 The National Association of Seadogs- Pyrates Confraternity has demanded the sack of Service Chiefs aftermath the killing of 43 rice farmers by Boko Haram insurgents at Zabarmari in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.

The NAS  Capoon, Mr Abiola Owoaje in a statement  ‘Terrorists Massacre  of 43 Zabarmari Rice Farmers’ described the incident as “shocking and saddening” adding  that  “the latest in a seemingly endless cycle of murders in the north east especially, and in other parts of Nigeria, represents one of the most barbaric mass executions since the beginning of the insurgency”

According to him “the situation is increasingly becoming one of despair, with no solution in sight as swathes of territory are daily coming under the control of marauding Boko Haram terrorists and other sundry armed bandits.”

While calling on the Nigerian authorities to “redouble their efforts and be more creative by introducing a revised and comprehensive security strategy in order to assert the sanctity of the lives of our compatriots, and preserve the nation’s territorial integrity” he said it is obvious that the current strategy is not working.

The statement reads in part “In that light, it is exigent that the President Muhammad Buhari administration summons the required political will to change the current Service Chiefs with new determined and purposeful military leadership. The selection should be, strictly, on the basis of professional competence, that would bring in fresh ideas and tactics, especially on intelligence gathering, to help curb the travesty that the handling of the Boko Haram insurgency has become. In the same vein, more concerted effort must be made to address the root causes of the insurgency which mainly concerns the lack of strategic human development programs and opportunities.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is reminded of its constitutional obligations to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians. The boisterous rhetoric of the government in the face of its continued failure in fulfilling its most important obligations to Nigerians is no more acceptable. Excuses and condolences can no more be the fulcrum of government’s response to the wanton loss of lives and property as has been witnessed in the North-East, North-West, and other parts of Nigeria in recent times.

“Considering the increasingly devastating regional scale of Boko Haram’s operations and activities, we urge Government to seek the support of friends of Nigeria towards assisting our efforts in ridding our nation and region of this violent infliction, seemingly rooted in a worrying confluence of domestic theocratic bigotry and regional terrorism.

“We urge all Nigerians to remain resolute in defiance of these terrorists, their sponsors and collaborators. We must be united in advocating and acting for the safety and security of all Nigerians across the geopolitical delineation of our country. To this extent, the innocent blood of the 43 rice farmers of Zabarmari, must compel national empathy and unify our voices in resolutely demanding: #SecureNorth! Our collective will shall prevail.”