Even as a resolution passed at the green chambers of the National Assembly requesting president Buhari to relief service chiefs from their various positions, there was no mention determining their tenure at the security that took place at the statehouse meeting yesterday
In a chat with statehouse correspondents and that which was monitored by Urban Express-News Online, the National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno disclosed that what was discussed in a closed-door meeting with President Buhari was how to brace up more in tackling security through collaboration in combating criminality
The meeting came amid calls by the National Assembly for government to be more assertive in handling the worsening the security situation in the country.
The lawmakers had also stressed the need to overhaul the security architecture, especially by removing the service chiefs.
Buhari had recently complained that attacks by bandits on vulnerable Nigerians were becoming unbearable, promising to tackle the problem decisively.
Continuing, Monguno said the chiefs received instructions from the president urging various security arms to collaborate more in combating criminality.
But asked whether a review of the service chiefs were discussed, the NSA replied: “Nothing of such came up.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) meanwhile urged the National Assembly yesterday to “stand with Nigerians and resist every attempt that will make it succumb to any form of harassments, intimidations and innuendos from paid agents and cabal in the presidency who have shown that the interest of ordinary Nigerians is not their priority.”
The party was reacting to a scathing response by the presidency, following calls on Buhari to resign over his alleged poor handling of the nation’s security. It also warned the presidency against politicising the genuine concerns by Nigerians.
In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said the Buhari presidency must accept this apolitical verdict, which “transcends ethnic, political and religious boundaries, especially after President Muhammadu Buhari admitted failure by expressing ‘surprise’ at the level of insecurity across the nation under its watch.”
The party said the fact that the presidency resorted to hurling insults, hate language and threats against patriotic Nigerians, including senators, instead of addressing insecurity, shows it has no answer to the problem.
“It is instructive for the Buhari presidency to note that the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, whose voice resonated in the chamber of the Senate, spoke the mind of the majority of Nigerians who had become bullied, harassed and despondent in the face of escalated insurgency, bloodletting, killings and other acts of violence that have pervaded our nation.
“Senator Abaribe spoke on behalf of millions of Nigerians who have been killed, orphaned, widowed, maimed, rendered childless and homeless, as well as others who daily live in anguish, pain and fear in the face of worsening insecurity under the failed Buhari administration.”
The PDP advised agents of the presidency to perish any thoughts of victimisation against Abaribe whom, according to the party, rose to the occasion through the constitutionally guaranteed privilege of the parliament to speak on behalf of ordinary Nigerians.
The party recalled: “When President Buhari, in 2013, unjustifiably called for the resignation of then-President Goodluck Jonathan, the Jonathan presidency never resorted to insults and threats, even when such a call was completely unfounded, unlike in the present a situation where every indicator points to an alarming trajectory towards a failed state.”