Service Chiefs: Umahi faults Senate’s call for sack

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Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi

EBONYI State Governor David Umahi has faulted the call by federal lawmakers for the sack of Service Chiefs, saying the move was unnecessary.

On Friday, at the foundation laying ceremony of an Army reference hospital in Abakaliki, the governor said what for the security agencies to tackle the challenges they face, the need information and the cooperation of Nigerians. 

According to him, it would be difficult for anybody to do anything without information.

Umahi then called on President Muhammadu Buhari to strengthen the logistics and facilities that would ensure that the security agencies are appraised with the intelligence they need for effective operation.

The governor showed confidence in the Service Chiefs and expressed hope that the community policing initiative of the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, was going to enhance tackling the current security challenges.

Umahi said: “I disagree with the National Assembly about the change of Service Chiefs. One thing I realized in this country is that we like change too much. We want everybody to test every seat. That is not what we need at this crucial time of our security challenges. 

“What we need is cooperation with the security agencies, without undermining the former Inspector Generals of Police. This Inspector General is a very different human being. He is a very stubborn man, but stubborn to the promises and the laws of the land.And that is the person this country needs. 

“The Chief of Army Staff is also a very committed person. Very friendly with the civil society. So, what these people need is cooperation and information. It is difficult for people to do anything without information. This is very important and at this stage, even if you change them, whoever that is coming is going to learn the rope. 

“I believe strongly that the decisions taken by the service chiefs are not taken by them alone, they are taken alongside other senior officers. 

“I will be suggesting to Mr. President that in support of his retaining the Service Chiefs, we should increase their logistics, we should increase the funding of the Armed forces. 

“We should increase programmes that will bring information to the security agencies. I commend the IGP for the community policing. It is going to assist, because it is in the hands of the stakeholders. It is a civilian programme.”

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