- The PDP demands a probe of the ex-service chiefs
- The party says the replacement is coming rather late
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for an immediate inquiry into the tenure of the former service chiefs to uncover the circumstances behind the lapses in national security during their tenure.
A statement issued the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, also demanded a probe into their reported involvement in the alleged looting of funds meant for the welfare and equipping of troops on the frontlines.
The party’s comments follows the appointment of new service chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari after the resignation of the former ones.
“The PDP demands an immediate inquest into the tenure of the last service chiefs to unravel the circumstances behind the security lapses and compromises as well as accusation of involvement in the alleged looting of funds meant for the equipping and welfare of our troops in the front.
“Our party insists that such must be the sure step towards sanitizing the security architecture as well as lifting the morale of those in the front lines risking their lives for the security of our nation,” the statement partly read.
Speaking further, the PDP described the appointment of the new service chiefs as coming rather late, when much harm had already been done to the country’s security.
The PDP, however, said they were hopeful that the new service chiefs will brace up to the challenges of the nation and “note that their appointment at this time, more than at any other point in our national history, demands a huge sense of commitment, responsibility and determination to secure our nation and restore peace, order and national cohesiveness in our polity.
“Our party urges the new service chiefs to take urgent steps to restore professionalism, boost the morale of our troops and ensure not to fall into the indolence, corruption, recklessness, abuse of process and partisanship that characterized the tenure of the last service chiefs.
“The new commanders must note that Nigerians are looking up to them as professionals to remove terrorists, bandits and other outlaws ravaging our nation from our landscape,” the statement continued.