By Chimaobi Nwaiwu
NNEWI—THE Campaign for Democracy, CD, has accused service chiefs and other heads of security agencies in Nigeria of being biased and partial in carrying out their duties, warning that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gun powder, if they fail to discharge their duties without bias.
Addressing newsmen in Onitsha, National Publicity Secretary of CD, Dede Uzor A Uzor, said Nigerians no more have confidence in the service chiefs in the country and they should therefore, resign their appointments.
Lending its voice to the calls by Nigerians for the service chiefs to toe the honourable line of action, CD alleged that “they refused to do their job professionally because they want to impress the presidency by not acting against those the presidency seems to be shielding from facing the law.
“Heads of security agencies should not wait until the president approves an onslaught against those threatening the security of lives and properties of Nigerians; they are not serving the President, but Nigerians.
“The service chiefs should resign for lack of professionalism and their incompetence and partiality in handling security matters.
” The killing recorded in Benue and other states of the federation following herdsmen activities is enough for them to resign their appointments”
CD further stated: “If up till now, the marauding and rampaging herdsmen cannot be arrested and prosecuted, then the service chiefs should throw in their resignation letters.
“CD wishes to remind the Inspector General of Police, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, National Security Adviser, Director General of National Intelligence Agency, Director General, Department of State Services, DSS and other heads of security agencies that they did not receive directives from the presidency before they went after the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and other agitators and militants they accused of threatening the security of Nigeria.
“’We are not in a war situation in Nigeria but the killings by Fulani herdsmen and the Federal Government’s lackadaisical attitude towards arresting, prosecuting and taming them, amounts to declaring war against Nigerians. The presidency should not pretend that it is not aware of the heinous activities of the herdsmen in Benue and other states in Nigeria.
“It is a surprise that after the killing of 73 people in Benue state, and the leader of Miyetti Allah cattle herders openly claimed responsibility and gave reasons for their attack on innocent people, he has not been arrested. It means Nigeria is finished.
“We are therefore giving seven days ultimatum to the Federal Government to arrest the President General of Miyetti Allah for promoting violence , criminality and murder. Federal Government should without further delay, proscribe the group the way it proscribed IPOB and branded it a terrorist group.”
CD warned that if at the expiration of seven days, the Federal Government refuses to carry out its demands, it would mobilise civil society groups, stakeholders and defenseless Nigerians to engage in protest that will ground government activities.