National Assembly asks service chiefs to resign

The  Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has on Tuesday asked heads of the country’s armed forces to step down following the killings of soldiers fighting insurgency and banditry in  parts of northern Nigeria.

The Presidency has, however, disagreed with that position insisting that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has all the prerogative to appoint and sack the service chiefs and not the Senate.

During the debate on the motion moved by the Chairman of Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume,   the Senate said service chiefs should vacate for  “new ideas” to handle the nation’s security challenges.

Ndume said his motion tagged, ‘Matter of urgent national importance,’ was on the rising number of casualties among the Nigerian armed forces and other security agencies.

The call by the senators came barely a month after the President of the  Senate, Dr Ahmed Lawan, met with the President over the rising insecurity in the country.

In pressing its points, the Senate pointed to the recent news about the  236 soldiers who voluntarily resigned and the several cases of killings and bandits attacks across states in the North.

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