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They need more funds, Umahi says as he rejects calls for sack of service chiefs





- Umahi says it is wrong to sack service chiefs

- According to the Ebonyi governor, instead of sacking them, they should be given more funds

- The governor who praised the service chiefs said they are committed to protecting Nigeria

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David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, has rejected the call for sack of the service chiefs.

Citing the rising insecurity in the country, the national assembly had asked the president to fire the service chiefs if they refuse to resign.

But speaking in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi on Friday, Umahi sais the military is in need of more funds.

He said the service chiefs are committed to defending the territorial integrity of the country.

Umahi spoke during the groundbreaking ceremony of Nigerian Army Reference Hospital.

“I want to disagree with the National Assembly in my own view about the change of service chiefs. One thing I have realised is that we like change too much in this country. We want everybody to taste every seat,” he said.

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“That is not what we need at this critical time of our security challenges. What we need is cooperation with the security agencies.

“Without undermining the former inspectors general, this Inspector General is a very different human being. He is a very stubborn man but stubborn to the policies and law of the land. And that is the person this country needs. The Chief of Army staff is also a very committed person. Very friendly to the civil society.”

Umahi said what the service chiefs require at the moment is more information from the populace and increased funding and logistics support from the government.

He said sacking the service chiefs now may derail the fight against insurgency and criminality as their successors may take some time learning the ropes.

“So what these people need is cooperation, information. It is difficult for people to do anything without information,” he said.

“This is very important. And at this stage even when you change, whoever you bring is going to learn the ropes. And I believe that whatever decisions the service chiefs are not taking by them alone they are taken by also the senior officers.

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“So I will be suggesting to Mr President in support of his retaining the service chiefs that we should increase their funding of the armed forces, we should increase their logistics, we should increase the programme that will bring information to the security agencies.

“So I support Mr President that instead of changing the service chiefs to rather increase their funding and increase the frequency of his meetings with them. And also encourage civil society to come up with information that will assist the security agencies.”

Umahi rejects calls for sack of service chiefs

According to the Ebonyi governor, instead of sacking them, they should be given more funds
Source: UGC

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a group, Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) has tasked all relevant stakeholders and security experts across Nigeria to look inwards to find solutions that could complement military's quest to end terrorism, banditry and other criminal vices in the country.

SHAC said the solution to the threats posed by the Boko Haram terrorists and other militant groups rests in the hands of Nigerians and not international bodies.

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The spokesperson for SHAC, Bayo Ogunseye, said only the Nigerian military and the citizens of the country have "the magic wand to end Boko Haram" once and for all.

Admitting that the Nigerian military has made substantial progress against insurgents and bandits in the last five-years, Ogunseye said the homemade approach is one way to ensure criminality ends in Nigeria.

He also called for massive support troops of the military in its various operations across the northeast region and other parts of the country.

"We have received several promises from the international community on several occasions, yet none has materialized before our very eyes," Ogunseye said.

Ogubseye said the centre is saddened by this realization and wonders how Nigeria got it wrong with security to the extent that some individuals and groups would be blinded by personal gains to assist in the perpetuation of evil against the nation.

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"The attack on Governor Babagana Zulum should also serve as a pointer that terrorists are friends of nobody and not only fighting the military but the rest of us," he said.

Ogunseye added: "They have no friends but see all Nigerians as enemies, this much the International Criminal Court must classify as crimes against humanity."

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