Insecurity: Umahi defends Service Chiefs

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has opposed the call by the National Assembly that the service chiefs should be sacked.

Umahi declared his stand on Wednesday while performing the ground breaking ceremony of Army Reference Hospital in Abakaliki.

The Governor argued that the present service chiefs are committed to defending the territorial integrity of the country.

He said: “I want to disagree with the National Assembly, in my own views, about the change of service chiefs. One thing I have realised is that we like change too much in this country.

“We want everybody to thirst every seat.

“That is not what we need at this critical time of our security challenges. What we need is cooperation with the security agencies.

“Without undermining the former inspector generals, this Inspector General is a very different human being. He is a very stubborn man but stubborn to the policies and law of the land. And that is the person this country needs.

“The Chief of Army staff is also a very committed person. Very friendly to the civil society.”

Calling for increased funding and logistics for the service chiefs, Umahi further argued that sacking them now may derail the fight against insurgency and criminality as their successors may take some time learning the ropes.

“So what this people need is cooperation, information. It is difficult for people to do anything without information. This is very important. And at this stage even when you change, whoever you bring is going to learn the ropes. And I believe that whatever decisions the service chiefs are not taking by them alone they are taken by also the senior officers.”

“So I will be suggesting to Mr President in support of his retaining the service chiefs that we should increase their funding of the armed forces, we should increase their logistics, we should increase the program that will bring information to the security agencies.

“So I support Mr President that instead of changing the service chiefs to rather increase their funding and increase the frequency of his meetings with them. And also encourage the civil society to come up with information that will assist the security agencies,” he said.


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