From SAMSON AKPU, Abakaliki
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State yesterday faulted the National Assembly, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and others on their calls for the sack of Service Chiefs, arguing that the calls were unnecessary.
Umahi made his position known at the ground-breaking ceremony yesterday of army hospital in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
He said what the security agencies needed to tackle the security challenges were information and cooperation of Nigerians not sack, pointing out that it was difficult for anybody to do anything without information.
Umahi, therefore, called on President Buhari to increase the logistics and programmes that would bring information to the security agencies for effective operation.
The Governor, who insisted the Service Chiefs were doing well, expressed the hope that the community policing initiative of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, would also help in tackling the current security challenges facing the country.
“I want to disagree with the National Assembly about the change of Service Chiefs. One thing I realize in this country is that we like change too much. We want everybody to test every seat. That is not what we need at this crucial time of our security challenges,” the Ebonyi State Governor contended, adding that “what we need is cooperation with the security agencies (not their sack)”
Without undermining the former Inspector Generals of Police, this Inspector General is a very different human being. He is a very stubborn man, but stubborn to the promises and the laws of the land and that is the person this country needs,” Umahi further contended.
“The Chief of Army Staff is also a very committed person. Very friendly with the civil society. So, what these people need is cooperation and information. It is difficult for people to do anything without information. This is very important and at this stage, even if you change them, whoever that is coming is going to learn the rope.
“I believe strongly that the decisions taken by the service Chiefs are not taken by them alone; they are taken alongside other senior officers. So, I will be suggesting to Mr. President, in support of his retaining the Service Chiefs, that we should increase their logistics. We should increase the funding of the armed forces.
“We should increase programmes that will bring information to the security agencies. And I commend the IGP for the community policing (programme). It is going to assist, because it is in the hands of the stakeholders. It is a civilian programme,” the Ebonyi State Governor surmised.