- A group of Nigerians in diaspora have accused senators of having ulterior motives in their recent call for the sack of service chiefs by the president
- Members of the group said there are plots by the Senate to separate President Muhammadu Buhari from his diligent appointees
- The group also said the call by the Senate could demoralise troops in the battle front and give Boko Haram terrorists an upper hand
Nigerians in the diaspora have condemned the Nigerian Senate over its call for the sack of all service chiefs.
These Nigerians under the aegis of Nigerians in Diasporas Monitoring Group (NDMG) said the call by senators is a ploy to separate the president from his appointees who are diligent. They also dismissed the state of insecurity on which the lawmakers predicated their call as a smokescreen.
Reacting in a statement issued on Thursday, April 19, by its secretary general Uchenna Okeke, the NDMG said security breaches that would have been insignificant in the past are now being highlighted for public attention owing to the dearth of more devastating news.
Okeke warned that the disposition of the senators can demoralise troops in the battle front and give Boko Haram terrorists an upper hand.
He also said that the demand being made by the senators on President Muhammadu Buhari is politically motivated and an integral part of a planned maneuver for the 2019 general elections.
The secretary general noted that the senators do not have the capacity to assess the ongoing war against terrorism, and that hiring of experts is not enough to educate lawmakers on the enormity of what the military contend with in the theatre of war.
Okeke said: "The reality is that incidences that would have been insignificant in the past are now highlighted for public attention for lack of more devastating news; interpreting this as bad has the tendency to demoralize troops and hand the initiative to terrorists.
"Coming from lawmakers, who are statutorily expected to use their position to promote peace and stability in the country, we find the demand disconcerting and worrisome.
"This is especially so when information emanating from certain quarters confirm that the demand is politically motivated and an integral part of the 2019 General Elections manoeuvring.
"We invite the Senators to take cognisance of their place as politicians who may not have the requisite competences to assess the counter-insurgency war; this is also not a field where consultants can bring the lawmakers up to speed since it takes those in the war theatre to fully appreciate the enormity of what the military contend with on a minute by minute basis," Okeke noted.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Nigerian Senate had called for the sack of the nation's service chiefs by President Buhari.
The Senate in a motion raised by Senator Suleiman Asonya Adokwe, representing Nasarawa south constituency.
In his reaction, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, the senator representing Lagos west, said President Buhari needs new ideas from fresh minds to end frequent killings in the Nigeria.
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