THE upper house of the National Assembly (Senate) has come under criticism by Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) for demanding the sack or resignation of the service chiefs.
The group in a statement through its National Coordinator, Gabriel Onoja said the Senate erred by making such a call at this critical time when the Nigerian troops are sweating it out on the battlefield to clear the remnants of terrorists from the shores of the nation.
Onoja, berated the senate for lack of commitment to support the efforts of the military leaders and President Buhari in fighting terrorism and other crimes in the country.
According to the statement made available to the media, the Coalition Against Terrorism (CATE) is totally disappointed with the decision by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to side with terrorists and bandits with its call on the service chiefs of the armed forces of Nigeria to resign. The senate erred in this misguided resolution just as it has been erring in the performance of its duties.
Continuing, “our disappointment is not in any way mitigated by the knowledge that the lawmakers have a history of pursuing agenda that are at variance with the yearnings of the constituents and that the oversight powers bestowed on them by the Constitution has consistently been abused in pursuit of lining their individual pockets.
“It nonetheless appalling that the Senate did not even avail itself the face-saving measure of shopping for a unicorn by having a credible member of the Red Chamber to move the motion on something as important but relied on Senator Ali Ndume, representing Borno south and chairman of the committee on army, who has not satisfactorily proven that he is not part of Nigeria’s Boko Haram problem.
“The lawmakers worsened the situation by adopting resolutions whose import they understand even less than they understood the dynamics fueling Nigeria’s security breaches and the efforts that military leaders under President Muhammadu Buhari have made to curtail them.
“They have by their cavalier attitude sent the message to terrorists, bandits and criminals that they have the support of the Senate against the gallant officers and men that have been toiling to defeat terrorism and stamp out insecurity. They have also told the enemies of Nigeria that they have the approval stamp of the National Assembly.
“To have set the war on terrorism back on the scale the Senate has done unfair to all concerned. They are unfair to President Buhari. They are unfair to, Chief of Defence Staff; General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff; Lt. General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff; Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar,and, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.
“The Senate has never shown commitment to support the efforts of these military leaders and President Buhari in fighting terrorism and other crimes in the country. This latest outing by the Senate is a clear indication that whilst the President and the Service Chiefs are working day and night to address the insecurity in its multiple facets, the Senate prefers to play politics with the lives of the citizens.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu had reacted to the call by the senate, saying, the president alone can determine the sack of service chiefs.
Meanwhile, the senators had in in reaction to a motion by Senator Ali Ndume during plenary on yesterday called for the immediate sack of the service chiefs for gross under performance.
Senator Ndume moved the motion premising it on the recent ambush of soldiers in Katsina and the alleged voluntary resignation of many soldiers.