Some Nigerians in the diaspora have called on lawmakers of the ninth Senate to focus on ending insurgency and banditry in Nigeria.
The individuals under the aegis of the Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group United Kingdom chapter said the lawmakers of the Senate would need to rise about partisan politics and parochial interest on the war against terrorism in the country.
The group reacting to the call for the sack of the service chiefs by the Senate said such move was borne out of selfish interest and not in the best interest of Nigeria.
A statement by the chapter’s president, Angela Boroh, urged the service chiefs not to be distracted by the Senate’s move.
Boroh said the service chiefs must continue to remain focused to restore normalcy to troubled areas.
She cautioned the Senate against all forms of negativity towards the Nigerian military but should rather burden themselves with legislative interventions to curb the irregular flow of arms across the country’s border.
The group called in the Senate to find innovative ways to stem terrorist financing through legal instruments instead of moving motions that strengthen the terrorists.
She said the group wants to believe that this intrusive resolution by the lawmakers was not informed by a refusal of the service chiefs to “play ball”.
Meanwhile, previously the presidency had reacted to lawmakers’ call for the sack of all the service chief’s.
According to the presidency, such authority lies solely with President Muhammadu Buhari.
It said the right to appoint or sack service chiefs and that President Buhari will do his best for the country at all times
The reaction by the presidency followed a motion raised by the senator representing Borno South senatorial district, Ali Ndume.
Ndume had expressed worry over a recent report that over 300 soldiers voluntarily resigned from service in the Nigerian military.
The lawmakers further called for the resignation of the service chiefs over their inability to end terrorism in the northeast and banditry in the northwest regions of Nigeria.
The ninth Senate also mandated its joint committee on security to find out why the officers were deserting the service.
The Senate further agreed that the military leadership should brief its relevant committees on the factors militating against its operations to find a way forward.
Also, unknown gunmen attacked Kukum Daji Village of Kaura local government area of Kaduna.
The gunmen during the attack killed 19 people while 31 other sustained various degrees of injury in the community.
According to reports, the victims were shot to death while celebrating an after wedding party in one of the houses in the community.