Insecurity: ‘We are in a state of emergency’ – Buhari tells new Service Chiefs

…’Change shouldn’t be cosmetic’, says Northern Elders’
…’They should be given a timeline’ – Ndume
…’Service Chiefs nominated but not appointed yet’ – Falana

President Muhammad Buhari has said that the country is currently in “a state of emergency”, following the overwhelming security situation the nation is facing.

The President, stated this when he met with the newly appointed Service Chiefs for the first time yesterday, and charged them to be patriotic and serve the country well.

The President, while  congratulating them on heading their various services, said, “We’re in a state of emergency. Be patriotic, serve the country well, as your loyalty is to the country.”

President Buhari also charged the Service Chiefs to be concerned about the morale of their officers and men, saying they should be made to feel physically and professionally secure, pledging that Government would do its best in terms of equipment and logistics.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Sen. Ali Ndume, has called on President Buhari to put the newly appointed Service Chiefs to task by giving them a timeline to bring the on-going anti-terror war in the country to an end.

The lawmaker, who represents Borno-South constituency, stated this yesterday in Abuja, while reacting to the Tuesday’s appointment of the Service Chiefs. He, however, added that the new security chiefs have the necessary competencies to execute their mandates.

In a related development, Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has faulted the President’s appointment of the new Service Chiefs.

In a statement issued by him yesterday, Falana quoted a 2013 judgment which described the appointments of Service Chiefs without the concurrence of the National Assembly as illegal and unconstitutional. Consequently, he said the Service Chiefs have only been nominated but not appointed.

Falana, therefore, called on President Buhari to forward the names of the proposed Service Chiefs to both houses of the National Assembly for confirmation, stating that a failure to do so means that the said appointments are liable to be set aside on the basis of the valid and subsisting judgment of the Federal High Court.

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