By Rotimi Ojomoyela
ADO-EKITI—THE Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack all the service chiefs for allegedly failing in their duty to curb the incessant killings of innocent Nigerians.
The council said the incessant killings in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states have lent credence to the allegation by a former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, retd, where he accused the military of ethnic cleansing.
In a communiqué after their National Executive meeting, held in Ado Ekiti in honour of its late president, Chief Idowu Sofola (SAN), who died last Friday, YCE said the Muhammadu Buhari-led government must take decisive action to save the country.
The communiqué, signed by the YCE Secretary General, Dr. Kunle Olajide and chairman of Ekiti Council of Elders, Prof. J. O Oluwasanmi, reads: “The Yoruba Council of Elders calls on Mr. President to relieve the present security chiefs, some of whom are already overdue for retirement of their positions and immediately reconfigure the security architecture of the country to reflect the Federal Character clause in our constitution.
“Most Nigerians have lost confidence in the security chiefs especially the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, whom the president has publicly acknowledged as disobeying his instructions.
“A military, which publicly claimed to be neutral where the laws of the land are being violated and innocent citizens are mindlessly murdered by armed herdsmen, is definitely partisan and can no longer be trusted to protect all Nigerians.
“Any government that spends over 70 percent of its annual resources on recurrent expenditure cannot develop its people and the country.
“The government must substantially increase resource allocation to health and education sectors.”