• Seek urgent overhaul of security architecture
• Move to grant immunity for presiding officers
The House of Representatives yesterday passed a vote of no confidence in the nation’s service chiefs, asking them to resign their appointments with immediate effect.
Also, the lawmakers urged the executive arm of government to, as a matter of urgency, reorganise the entire security architecture of the country to reflect the existing realities.
The house had, about a month ago, reached a resolution, asking the top military brass to either resign or be sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari who appointed them.
The resolution followed the adoption of a motion by Yusuf Buba from Adamawa State under matters of urgent public importance on the need for the Federal Government to provide adequate security and relief materials to parts of his constituency attacked by insurgents, and for the military to review its strategy in its campaign against terrorism.
Buba’s motion came on the heels of the recent attacks, including the burning of churches, in Garkida community in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State. He decried the rising insecurity that has continued to claim innocent lives and property of the people.
He said: “It is easy to recall that in the last few weeks, the Auno in Borno State and Garkida in Adamawa State suffered attacks, including others that were not reported, which have left the world asking questions that remain unanswered.
“These attacks coming ferociously after a time the insurgents were said to have been highly degraded, to say the least, have left our people in even more grave danger and have left our homes, business premises, places of worship, farms and, above all, lives at the mercy of the insurgents.
“If nothing urgent is done to increase the number of our soldiers by way of massive recruitment, the number of our men in the theatres of conflict, sadly, will continue to decrease and their morale will drop considerably while our nation may have a sad recourse to pre-2015. God forbid.”
Sarki Ader from Sokoto State, who contributed to the motion, said that the sorry situation should naturally invoke shame to the service chiefs and the NSA who could not stop the attacks.
Nyampa Zakaria from Michika Federal Constituency, Adamawa State, said that a more drastic action needed to be taken to arrest the attacks.
“This country is in danger. We know that there is insecurity, and nothing has been done by the Nigerian army. If there is no security of lives and property, we cannot be comfortable here. Mr. Speaker, we must find a way of solving this problem. Let’s do something and let’s do it urgently,” he said.
Ahmed Jaha from Borno State said that the service chiefs had completely run out of ideas.
“You must not live in your comfort zone while your constituents are dying. For how long shall we be repelling attacks in this country? My people voted for me under duress because they had been sending messages of attacks.
“These insurgents came in with 11 brand new Hilux vans. I called the security outfit, they said they were waiting for them to come so that they could repel them. Garkida is less than 15km away from my constituency. You are waiting for them to come? How long shall we continue to repel?”
Karu Simon Elisha from Balanga federal constituency of Gombe State backed the call for the service chiefs to resign.
“Even though Nigeria walks through the valley of death, I shall fear no evil. Mr. Speaker, these people burn churches, mosques, kill everyone, we are fighting the devil. We need a strategy that will tackle these terrorists. It is time to bring new ideas in the security.
“I join others to call for the resignation of all service chiefs. They have tried their best but we need new hands. People are dying. It will get to a time we will stand here and cry. These people are not producing results. We need other hands. We need a new strategy,” he said.
While adopting the motion, the house also asked the gover