Insecurity: Former Defence Boss Joins Call for Sack of Service Chiefs 

February 1, 2020
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Former Chief of Defence Administration Admiral Festus Porbeni (rtd) has advised federal government to consider changing the security chiefs in its quest to combat insecurity and insurgency in the country.

Porbeni made the plea in an interview with newsmen on Friday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

He said that the country is in an urgent need for fresh ideas that would assist in tackling insurgency.

Since their appointment in 2015, President Mohammadu Buhari has not changed the service chiefs in spite of calls for their replacement by most Nigerians.

“If new Service Chiefs come on board, they may have more ideas or even better ideas on the subject matter.

“It is good to inject new blood into the security sector basically for the progress of the service since the service chiefs have concluded their first four years tenure there is need for changes,” he said.

He said the change has become imperative as it would open up opportunities for the junior officers to move forward and also make them contribute towards tackling the menace.

“While the service chiefs have exceeded the constitutional four years tenure, some of the junior ranking officers have been retired due to age and ranks,” he said.

It should be recalled that the upper and lower chambers of the National Assembly had on Wednesday expressed great concern on the rising insecurity in the country and called on the President to sack the service chiefs on the grounds that they had outlived their usefulness.

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