Sacking service chiefs now will not stop insecurity – Presidency

Relieving security chiefs of their duties now will not stop the rising insecurity bedeviling the nation, the Presidency has said.

Criminal activities ranging from kidnappings, killings, banditry among others have been on the rise since President Muhammadu Buhari began his second term in office. The development has forced Nigerians to demand the removal of the service chiefs to pave way for new ideas.

Mr Buhari has paid deaf ears to the request and has instead urged Nigerians not to resort to self-help as no one had the right to do so.

Justifying the continued stay of the service chiefs despite some of them outliving their tenure, the presidency has said they are not leaving anytime soon because the country is at war judging from the security briefing the president is receiving regularly.

“Removal or sack of service chiefs does not stop all of what we are experiencing,” presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, was quoted by The Nation Newspapers to have said on Sunday.

“Whether we like it or not, we are in a war situation. The President and the Commander-In-Chief is seeing things that others cannot see. This is why he deserves the benefit of the doubt.

“How can they say the President does not care? His heart is there on how to secure and protect this nation. He is being briefed adequately by the service chiefs and others and he gives directives as the C-In-C.

“It is people who don’t know what the government is doing that are saying the President does not care. They think security is like a market place where everybody is an expert,” he added.