The Yoruba Council of Elders has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack all the security chiefs for not being able to effectively curtail killings in different parts of the country.
Noting that some of the service chiefs were already overdue for retirement, the council urged the president to reflect the Federal Character to balance ethnic composition in the reappointment.
According to them, the recurrent massacre in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa have lent credence to the allegation by a former Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma, where he accused the military of ethnic cleansing.
The YCE stated these in a communique issued after their Expanded National Executive meeting held in Ado Ekiti in honour of its late president, Chief Idowu Sofola (SAN), who died on Friday.
The communique was signed by the YCE Secretary General, Dr. Kunle Olajide and chairman of Ekiti Council of Elders, Prof. J. O Oluwasanmi.
It reads, “The Yoruba Council of Elders calls on Mr. President to relieve the present security chiefs, some of whom are already overdue for retirement of their position and immediately reconfigure the security architecture of the country to reflect the Federal Character clause in our constitution.
“Most Nigerians have lost confidence in the security chiefs especially the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, whom the president has publicly acknowledged as disobeying his instructions.
“The president must shed the toga of Baba go-slow and act promptly on this matter to once again inspire the confidence of the Nigeria people in his administration.
“A military which publicly claimed to be neutral where the laws of the land is being violated and innocent citizens are mindlessly murdered by armed herdsmen is definitely partisan and can no longer be trusted to protect all Nigerians.”
The YCE called on Buhari to declare the rampaging herdsmen as terrorists with immediate effect.
It also advised the president to reconsider the issue of amnesty to repentant Boko Haram for now because the times are unfavourable for such action.
The elders noted that the reports of the All Progressives Congress El Rufai Committee on Restructuring as a step in the right direction.
They also called on the president to forward all the bills which Governor Nasir El Rufai claimed had been drafted to the National Assembly without any further delay.
The YCE also appealed to the Federal Government not to dismiss the comments of the Bill Gates on the country’s state of economy.
“Any government that spends over 70 percent of its annual resources on recurrent expenditure cannot develop its people and the country.
“The government must substantially increase resource allocation to health and education sectors.
It added, “The obscene salary and allowances of the executive and legislative in a developing country must be reviewed downwards.”
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