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The House of reps call for the sack of the Service Chiefs

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The House of Representatives have reached a resolution to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to give explanations on the true security situation of the country.

The motion, sponsored by 11 lawmakers most of whom are from Borno State is coming on the heels of the massacre of over 43 rice farmers in Zabarmari village, Jere Local Government near Maiduguri, in Borno State over the week by suspected Boko Haram insurgents

The killing, which attracted widespread condemnations, has resumed debate on the matter of insecurity in Nigeria.

Salient Times reports that although the government has consistently mouthed a decimation and technical defeat of the insurgents, contemporary fatalities and massacres have benumbed the claim.

The House has once again called for the sack of the Service Chiefs whose tenures have since elapsed but President Buhari whose prerogative it is to relieve them of their appointments preferred otherwise.

Gbajabiamila in his remarks, however, said that “Now, is the time to ask difficult questions. We will consider intervention for the people of Zarbamari attacks”.

Ahmed, who moved the motion on behalf of ten of his colleagues from the troubled state, said he was pained that the Islamists terrorist group tied up and slit the throats of the farmers in an insane and barbaric manner.

The lawmaker said the inability of the Military and security forces to avert the continued wanton killings by Book Haram insurgents, bandits, and terrorists in the North East and across the country remains a source of concern.

He reiterated the need for Buhari to reorganize the security architecture of the country to end insurgency in the North East, banditry and all acts of terrorism across the nation.

Prior to the passage of the motion, the lawmakers were divided on the issue of summoning Buhari, which compelled Speaker Gbajabiamila to hold an executive session in an apparent bid to douse tension.

Ahmed had incurred the wrath of his colleagues when he deliberately skipped the prayer on the need to summon Buhari by opting to call on the president to amongst other things, declare a state of emergency on security matters.

Usman Jaha raised a point of order under matters of privileges, drawing Speaker Gbajabiamila’s attention to the misnomer.

“We, all the members from Borno State sat together and agreed that all the prayers of the motion must remain as they are. We all agreed that Mr. President should be invited to come explain the security situation in the country, especially the North East,” the lawmaker insisted.

But Gbajabiamila said the call for a declaration of a state of emergency on security issues as moved by his colleague earlier was sufficient enough to “allow far-reaching measures to be taken”.

Urging Jaha to let the matter lie low, the Speaker said, “We were discussing a security matter, and the channels through which such matters are discussed, does not involve inviting the President to come and disclose security strategies. That will be counterproductive.” This didnt go down well with Jaha

He insisted that unless it was the collective opinion of the 10 members from Borno State, who jointly sponsored the motion to step down the prayer, Buhari should be invited.

Attempts by the House leader, Ado Doguwa and the Chairman of the House Committee on Air Force, Shehu Koko to toe the line of the Speaker was resisted with shouts of “no”, “no”, “no” by lawmakers in support of the summoning Buhari.

With the session turning rowdy, Gbajabiamila said “let me say this; I’m a little disappointed with the shouts of no!!!. Let’s go into an executive session and resolve this matter.”