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Resign honourably if President Buhari refuses to sack you – Governor Tambuwal tells military chiefs

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has asked the military chiefs to resign honourably if President Muhammadu Buhari refuses to sack them.

Tambuwal noted that the President Buhari-led government had admitted failure in the area of security, saying that governing Nigeria and protecting lives and properties of Nigerians is not rocket science.

There have been repeated calls over the years for the removal of the service chiefs, comprising the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, following worsening state of insecurity in the nation.

The governor who spoke at a webinar organised by the Emmanuel Chapel, themed, ‘Rebuilding our lives: A case for hope and determination to succeed’, Tambuwal explained that it was ironical that security agencies were short of personnel even when millions of Nigerians ready to serve were roaming the streets.

“As far back as June 2018, I made my opinion known about our service chiefs and the Inspector-General and I called for the rejigging of the security architecture.

“There is definitely a need for the service chiefs to go, either they are asked to go by the President who appointed them or by themselves being honourable enough to say we have done our best. It’s clear; even the Commander-in-Chief has said it not one or twice that their best is not enough.

“They should be honourable enough to say, Mr President, we have done our best, our best is not enough, you have adjudged our best not to be good enough, we take a bow, appoint a new set of people that would take charge.

“No one of us is indispensable. No single individual has the monopoly of knowledge of how to address the challenges we are facing as a nation, more so with insecurity, especially with the fact that they have been tested over the years. The same set of people and we have seen the outcome of their efforts.”

He also spoke on how the FG had poorly managed the security situation, saying that leadership involves taking critical actions to address emerging challenges.

“We must as a leadership admit that we are failing, and in this case, I mean the centre is failing in providing that leadership.”

“It is not rocket science; it can be done. We need to recruit more hands and there are many patriotic Nigerians, eminently qualified, able-bodied people that are ready and willing to serve this country in our security agencies. We know Nigeria is under-policed, so what is difficult in employing more hands?”

“They have been working together in synergy in Sokoto, unlike what is happening at the national level, and we know that there is no synergy among the heads of the security agencies. They are not working together.”

Governor Tambuwal noted that insecurity had worsened because most nations bordering Nigerian such as Cameroon, Niger Republic, Chad, have “serious insecurity problems.”

The webinar was also attended by banker and former President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede; a former Vice-President of the World Bank, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili; former Emir of Kano and ex-governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, and legal practitioner, Prof Konyinsola Ajayi (SAN).

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