Reps to Nigerians: Don’t expect miracle from new Service Chiefs

Reps to Nigerians: Don’t expect miracle from new Service Chiefs

The House of Reps has lauded the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari, demanding the resignation of the Service Chiefs and appointing their replacements.

However, in a note of caution, the Reps urged Nigerians not to expect magic from the new Service Chiefs.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu, in an audio statement issued in reaction to the development.

According to the Reps, the executive arm of the Federal Government had finally listened to the demand of Nigerians.

Kalu said Nigerians had spoken through various resolutions by the House, some of which called for a change of the Service Chiefs and rejigging of the nation’s security architecture.

He said, “On the question as to what the House of Reps feels about the new appointments and the acceptance of the resignation of the former Service Chiefs; yes, the House feels glad that once again, the executive has considered the opinion; desire; ambition; hunger and yearning of the people in making this decision.

“As we all know, the definition of democracy has to do with the government of the people by the people; and for the people.

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“The last part of this definition, which is the ‘for the people’ element; ought to be the guiding light in processing decisions made by those in leadership. The question should be: how much of these decisions have the ‘for the people’ element?

“I can assure you that this is what has propelled the House of Reps, over these years and months of yearning; through motions and resolutions; on the need to shake a little bit, our security architecture to reflect a more secure country, lives, as well as property. This is why we have pushed for it.

“Though it appeared that the executive was not listening; I am sure that today, they have shown Nigerians that they are a listening leadership.

“They have accepted the resignation of the service chiefs, whom we appreciate; and we thank so well for wearing our national colours and badges; for protecting our lives and property the way they knew best.”


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