LAGOS—THE Ijaw Monitoring Group, IMG, has faulted the directive by the Senate that the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, should relocate to Borno State.
The Ijaw group stated that instead of the COAS, the Senate should be recommending the relocation of Vice-President Namadi Sambo to Maiduguri.
The National Coordinator of IMG, Comrade Joseph Evah, said such a directive should not have come at a time when many school children were murdered by members of the Boko Haram sect.
“I am disappointed that the Senate would be asking the Chief of Army Staff to relocate to Borno State.
“They should have asked the President to order Vice-President Namadi Sambo to relocate to Borno State.
“Why can’t the Senate tell the Chief of Defence Staff, who coordinates other Service Chiefs, to relocate?
“When there was crisis in the Niger Delta, late President Umaru Yar’Adua never asked the then COAS to relocate to the Niger Delta. Instead, he asked Goodluck Jonathan (then Vice-President) to relocate to the Niger Delta.
“Jonathan relocated to Oporozza in Delta State where he met with Niger Delta governors and militants,” Evah said.
The militants, he recalled, gave conditions, and the conditions were tabled before Yar’ Adua.
“We are now telling Jonathan, the way Yar’Adua sent you, you should also direct Namadi Sambo to go and meet Boko Haram.
“The way Jonathan entered into a canoe to meet the militants in the creeks, let Sambo climb a donkey or camel to Bauchi, Borno, or Kano State, along with the governors and political leaders in the North, to meet Boko Haram,” he added.