National Assembly Tasks New Service Chiefs

The upper chamber of the National Assembly has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure adequate coordination of the armed forces to win the war against insurgency.

This was disclosed by the Senate Committee Chairman on Army, Mohammed Ali Ndume. He noted that the ongoing war on insurgency in the Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe, was uncoordinated.

Ndume had said with the appointment of the new Service Chiefs, tackling insecurity should take a different dimension. He opined that if the right strategy is adopted, insecurity will be over in the next six months.

He added that the President has ordered the procurement of more equipment to prosecute the war.

According to him: “So, we are expecting that with this development and being conversant with the insurgency problem in the North East particularly and in the country in general, Nigerians by the several calls they have made for the change of the Service Chiefs, have very high expectations from the new Service Chiefs. But I am confident that this crop of people will be able to deal with or address this issue.

“The good side of it is that the military hardware ordered by the government have started arriving, and that will give them a better capability or capacity.
“I suggest that the President should give them a timeline. That should determine their tenure. If they don’t perform, the government should not waste time in replacing them.

“The Chief of Army Staff understands the situation, and he will do well. We will see a new onslaught, and I’m confident that this fight will be over soon. Every Nigerian needs to support him to succeed.

“I have noticed that there’s no coordination in the fight against insurgency in the North East. Air Force doesn’t work with the Army and the same with others. I am optimistic that with this new crop of Service Chiefs, that will end. We will see a new collaboration.”
The President had earlier charged the service chiefs to be patriotic in discharging their duties while serving the country well. He pledged Government’s support in terms of equipment and logistics.

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