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Use Ibori loot to improve lives of security personnel, Eholor tasks FG, says Service Chiefs behind lag in security

Past defence chiefs

Popular activist and human rights defender, Chief Patrick Eholor has accused leadership of the Nigerian military of being responsible for the failure of the army to defeat Boko Haram, bandits and arrest other forms of insecurity in the country.

Eholor who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone, stated that the National Security Adviser, Mr Babagana Monguno was actually right on his allegations of how the funds were looted, but must have been under pressure to recant his words. Monguno had said that billions of naira meant for procurement of arms under the past defense heads were unaccounted for, but made a U-turn shortly after the allegations.

NSA, Mr Babagana Monguno

But Comrade Eholor in his interview, accused the Nigeria military leadership of seriously compromising efforts of the government at fighting insecurity, by diverting funds. He wondered how Nigerian military which used to be one of the best in Africa, and had participated in several peace keeping operations could become so weak and incompetent in the face of Boko Haram in the past years.

His words “It is on record that the crop of soldiers and military personnel trained. Nigeria used to be one of the best in the whole of Africa. How did a ragtag Boko Haram manage to humble our military that used to be number one in peace keeping so mercilessly? You and I know that this is not possible, except there is a compromise. The military, especially its leadership has been heavily compromised, and that’s the reason for the endless wanton killing of our soldiers and defenseless citizens.

“Monies are diverted for personal use by them. The soldiers efforts at combating terrorism is being foiled by the leadership of the military. They are no longer patriotic.”

Tinubu the Jagaban

Eholor also spoke about the popularity of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whom he said though started well as a man of the people, have lost his goodwill on the altar of ambition.

His words “Look at Bola Ahmed Tinubu who started as a human rights defender. He has done very well by transforming Lagos, and taking charge of leadership of the South West. But where is he today? His name is in the mud, because the savior he set out to be, he has ended up a disappointment rather than a hope. He no more has what it takes to be the Jagaban of Africa. If truly he is Jagaban, a man of the people, let him walk the streets of Lagos without security. Let him walk like the global president of the people.

Ownership of Nigeria

“Certain elements of the northern Nigeria, especially some Fulani extremists like to masturbate over the idea that Nigeria belong to them. What impudence, what nonsense, what arrogance! Are they saying that we all are slaves, and the country is an estate of their fathers? Fulanis are visitors who only entered this country very recently to meet our ancestors and so, cannot claim ownership of anywhere. As a matter of fact, let no one claim to be the owner of this our belonged Nigeria. It’s for all of us.

Oba of Benin

“Let it be on record that the Fulani are not the owners of this country, the Hausas as not the owners of this country, the Biafrans are not the owners of this country.

“The Edos are the Nubians, where civilization started. I am of the Nubian empire. My Father is Chief Palmer Osagiemwangbon Eholor, of Benin kingdom, and we are the Prime Minister of the Oba. Our ministership is hereditary, yet I cannot claim superiors over anybody. It is wrong to see yourself as superior and others inferior.”

A younger Comrade Patrick Eholor walks with his beloved father, the then Prime Minister of Benin Kingdom, Chief Palmer Osagiemwangbon Eholor

Ibori loot

The activist also spoke about the monies looted by the former Delta State governor, Chief James Ibori, which some Delta leaders and chiefs denied he ever looted: “The chieftains of Delta should be ashamed of themselves. We are all Nigerians and the people of Delta swore an affidavit that money was not missing. So the money that the British government is returning will now be used for the interest of all Nigerians. Today, our military men who are at the forefront fighting for peace of Nigeria are underpaid, and their living conditions along with their families are very poor.

“Men of the Nigerian police, Civil Defense, the navy and Air Force, all the military personnel have paid the price of nationhood. What do they get in return?

“Terrible barracks, they get killed in the attacks and their wives end up widows, and their children end up fatherless.

“So they are either alive with very poor living conditions, or they get killed by terrorists and their families are left with nothing but sorrows and tears.

Nigerian soldiers, during a parade

“Instead of rewarding the failed service chiefs with ministerial positions, the Nigerian government should use the Ibori loot to raise the standard of living for these men and women. It’s time to seriously review their salaries, and it’s time to revisit the upgrading of their barracks and make them comfortable by giving them state-of-the-art homes. Succor should be made available to their families in times of demise, so that the pain of loss can be less depressing”, he stated.

Sacked service chiefs corrupt, incompetent, nepotistic, abused human rights;new chiefs must secure Nigeria – Activist Eholor

Ace human rights activist crusader and President of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor has played the appointment of new service chiefs in the country.

Eholor, who is also popularly known as Ultimate Equals, and the Democracy Observer-General of the Federal Republic expressed his position in a Press Brief he sent to our newsroom this morning.

While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing the new service chiefs, he accused the sacked security chief of being knee-deep into incompetence, corruption, nepotism, highhandedness and a history of human rights abuses.

He stated: “Let me start by saying that it became apparent early in the life of this regime that the set of Security Chiefs now sacked by Buhari had no zeal to fight and secure the nation. These men were purely businessmen in uniform who came to make money from insecurity rather than securing the nation.

“Under their tenure, insurgency, banditry and kidnapping spread like wild fire from the North East to the North West, North Central, South West, South South and South East zones of the country.

“The Service Chiefs were incompetent, clueless, corrupt and practiced nepotism and anti democratic in all their dealings.

“The rising spate of insecurity in the country can be attributed to the retention for far too long of the incompetent Service Chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I think he allowed them for too long because they were doing his bidding by protecting his office and that of the cabals.

“They lost battle as the men in their various theatres became lame duck easily attacked by the insurgents as a result of insufficient armaments as a result of the corrupt men leading the armed forces.

“Therefore, it’s good riddance to bad rubbish. Nigerians won’t miss them. I urge the EFCC to investigate all their dirty deals and bring them to book.

“Furthermore, I think the new Service Chiefs which include Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff, are experienced enough judging by their profile. I believe that they would be able to turn the tide on insecurity in the country in no distant time.

“The new Service Chiefs should shun politics and use their new positions to work selflessly for the peace and security of the country.

“Lastly, the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari must continue to fund the military and their men by increasing their salaries and benefits to enable them compete favorably with their counterparts all over the world.

“You can’t send a hungry and angry man to secure you and be happy. There must be extra motivations to enable them discharge their duties effectively”, Eholor stated.

Profile of the new service chiefs (1)

Profile of AIR VICE MARSHAL ISIAKA OLADAYO AMAO..Chief of Air Staff

Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao was born on 14 Sep 65 at Enugu. He hails from Oshogbo LGA of Osun State. He attended the following academic schools: Nuhu Bamali Pry School Kaduna from 1971 – 77, Command Secondary School Kakuri Kaduna from 1977 – 82, Federal College of Freshwater and Fisheries Technology (FCFFT) New Bussa from 1994 – 96, University of Madras India from 2002 – 2003, Kaduna Polytechnic from 2005 – 2006 and National Defence University China from 2012 – 2013.

He enlisted into the Nigerian Air Force on 19 Jan 1984 as a member of 35 NDA Regular Course and was commissioned as Pilot Officer on 20 Dec 86. He started his Primary Flying Training at 301 Flying Training School (FTS) Kaduna from 1987 – 1989, did the Basic Flying Training at 303 FTS Kano from 1990 – 92 and Tactical Fighter Training at 99 Air Combat Training Group (99 ACTG) Kainji from 1993 – 99.
Thereafter, went for Instructor Pilot Course at 301 FTS Kaduna from 2004 – 2005.

The senior officer had served in following NAF Units: 99 ACTG Kainji as Trainee/Sqn Pilot from 1993 – 2004, 301 FTS Kaduna as Instructor Pilot/Sqn Pilot from 2004 – 2007, HQ NAF Abuja as Air Assistance to Chief of Air Staff from Sep 08 – May 10, Nigerian High Commission London as Deputy Defence Adviser from May 10 – Aug 12 and Ag Defence Adviser from Nov 11 – Feb 12, Defence Headquarter as Assistance Director of operation from Aug 2013 – Jan 14, 99 ACTG as Commander from 25 Jan 14 – 20 Jan 15, 75 Strike Group (75 STG) as Commander from 20 Jan 15 – 16 Feb 16, Air Component Commander of operation ZAMAN LAFIYA / LAFIYA DOLE (North East operation) from 13 Feb 15 – 16 Feb 16, doubled as Acting Deputy Theater Commander (Air Ops) for operation LAFIYA DOLE from 4 Jan 16 – 16 Feb 16, Director of Policy (DOPOL) at HQ NAF, Abuja from 16 Feb – May 27 and Director of Operations (DOO) at HQ NAF, Abuja from 27 May – 6 Sep 16, Director of Training (DOT) at HQ NAF, Abuja from 6 Sep 16 – 22 Dec 16 and Director of Operations (DOO) at HQ NAF from 22 Dec 16 – 29 Jan 18.
He is presently the Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command (TAC).

He is a fighter pilot and has participated in various operations such as: Draw Down of AFISMA operation in Mali from Aug 2013 – Jan 14, operation ZAMAN LAFIYA from 20 Feb – 19 Jul 15 and operation LAFIYA DOLE (North East operations) from 19 Jul 15 – 16 Feb 16.

His decorations include: Forces Service Star (FSS), Meritorious Service Star (MSS), Distinguished Service Star (DSS), General Service Medal (GSM), River Benue Star (RBS), Passed Staff College (psc) and Fellow National Defence University (FNDU) China.

The senior officer has attended several military courses which include: Junior Division Course at Armed Forces Command Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji from Jun – Dec 1986, Senior Division Course at Defence Services Staff College India from 2002 – 2003, Defence Course at National Defence University China from 2012 – 2013, Aircraft Accident Investigation in Civil Airline at NCAT Zaria and Aircraft Accident Investigation Course at Karachi, Pakistan.

He has the following academic qualification: MSc in Defence and Strategic Studies from University of Madras, India, Master of Military Science and Strategy (MMSc) and Advance Diploma in Defence and Strategy Studies from NDU China, Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy from Kaduna Polytechnic, National Diploma in Freshwater and Fisheries Technology from FCFFT New Bussa and Nigerian Defence Academy Certificate of Education.

AVM Amao is happily married to Mrs Elizabeth Olubunmi Amao and they are blessed with 3 lovely boys. His Hobbies include: reading, dancing, travelling, playing volley ball and golf as well as fish farming.

Profile of the New CDS: Major General Lucky Eluonye Onyenuchea (LEO) Irabor

If you decide to count the men in uniform that are completely loyal to Nigeria and her integrity, General Lucky Eluonye Onyenuchea Irabor undoubtedly counts among the top ten.

He was recognized with the Nation Builders Award of Excellence in Soldiering on the 27th of November, 2020. Major General Irabor who is currently the Commander, Training and Doctrine Command, Minna has lived most of his adult life for Nigeria and her national security. His most recent postings have been highly strategic because of the calibre of officer General Irabor is.

Major General Lucky Eluonye Onyenuchea Irabor was born on 5th October 1965 in Aliokpu Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria. He gained admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna as a member of the 34 Regular Course in 1983 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant on 28 June 1986 into the Signals Corps of the Nigerian Army.

Major General Irabor attended several military and civil courses both locally and abroad. He attended Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) for his Junior Staff Course in 1995 and Ghana Armed Forces Staff College Teshi, Accra Ghana for Senior Staff Course in 2000/2001 amongst other several military courses. Also, he attended National Defence College in Bangladesh in 2010 and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, USA in 2012 and 2017. Major General Lucky Irabor is a trained Engineer from Obafemi Awolowo University and interesting, he holds two Masters Degrees from University of Ghana, Accra and Bangladesh University of Professionals, Dhaka.

General Lucky was the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole counterinsurgency force in north-east Nigeria. Operation Lafiya Dole is the name given by the army to its operation to defeat the Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria. As the dedicated leader of this command, the following successes were recorded within a short period:

Always in the forefront of his assignment, as Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE, he was in charge of 3 Divisions from the Nigerian Army, an Air Task Force and a Maritime Component. Major General Irabor was responsible for the capture of Alargano Forest – the acclaimed spiritual base of Boko Haram Terrorists. He also planned and executed the conduct of Operations CRACK DOWN 1 and 2, RESCUE FINALE and DEEP PUNCH which led to the clearance of SAMBISA FOREST, destruction of BHT camps and enclaves, capture of several weapons, vehicles and equipment belonging to BHT as well as rescued well over 20,000 civilians abducted by BHT, including 2 Chibok Girls. Furthermore, the impact of the operations he conducted forced the BHT to release a total of 103 Chibok Girls in two instances. As Force Commander MNJTF, he successfully planned and conducted Operation AMNI FAKAT within the Lake Chad Basin Area which led to the clearance and domination of Gashigar, Arege and Metele as well destruction of several terrorists’ camps and IED making factories. During his tenure, over 25,000 hostages were liberated.

After completing his time at the Operation LAFIYA DOLE, General Lucky Irabor also graciously served as the head and Field Commander of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF). The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) is a combined multinational formation, comprising units, mostly military, from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. It is headquartered in N’Djamena and is mandated to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency.

In 2015, when the political process of expanding the MNJTF was reinvigorated and led to swifter progress, including the expansion of troop numbers and mandate, and relocation of the HQ to N’Djamena, Chad, there were meetings held between the military forces of Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria targeted towards restoring peace and security in the various territories of these three Nations. There were very vital structural changes after these meetings like the increase in the numbers of soldiers, the creation of a new Concept of Operations under the supervision of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, and the move of the HQ to N’Djamena. It was agreed that a Nigerian officer would be the Force Commander for the duration of the mission against Boko Haram, with a Cameroonian as Deputy Commander and Chadian Chief of Staff.

While the then Major-General Tukur Yusuf Buratai was appointed first Commander of the rejuvenated MNJTF in May 2015, his command was short lived as in July 2015 he was appointed Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff. After General Buratai, there were two other Army Generals appointed to the same position of Commander of the MNJTF before Major General Irabor was appointed in May 2017.

Having served brilliantly as the head and Field Commander of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), General Irabor was transferred to Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Abuja. Here, he was the Chief of Defence Training and Operations. During the outbreak of the dreaded COVID 19, he successfully headed a Committee that was put in place to interface with all relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria managing the COVID 19 Pandemic. This Committee set up 17 isolation and treatment centres spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

Being a very proactive professional soldier, General lucky coordinated the planning and execution of Operation 777 in all DHQ led operations leading to the successful conduct of the 2019 General Elections. He initiated training and operational actions intended to optimize the effectiveness of the Armed Forces of Nigeria including the recently conducted first-ever Defence HQ Training Conference. He is also responsible for the coordination of all activities of the Department of Defence Training and Operations, Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

General Irabor without doubt, is a highly committed trainer and disciplinarian.

Like the fine utility Army General that he is, his services are almost needed everywhere. During the most recent posting by the Nigerian Army in July 2020, Major General Irabor was posted the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) in Minna, Niger State as the new Commander. The Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC Minna) is a research-oriented formation in the Nigerian Army. It is headquartered in Minna in the Niger State. TRADOC is charged with doctrinal training and combat development, supervising training centers. It also serves as a senior think-tank in Nigeria. TRADOC was formed in 1981 under the leadership of Major General Geoffrey Obiaje Ejiga, and currently supervises all the Army’s schools, as well as an army depot.

This humble General continues to ensure proper military recruitment, basic training and education of officers and men of the Nigerian Army. TRADOC supports army training and coordinates research on the development of army corps and schools. It serves as a liaison between the army and educational establishments in ensuring the professional development of junior officers in the field. When multiple army divisions concurrently deploy, TRADOC serves as a corps headquarters to direct the operational tasks of the divisions.

As a man who knows how to handle people and situations, apart from the organizational departments of TRADOC, General Lucky has the big task of taking care of 18 corps training schools, as well as a museum, a training depot and a command college and the Nigerian Military School at Zaria. Due to his sterling qualities, he has consistently won several commendations like the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Award.

Currently as the Commander Training and Doctrine Command Nigerian Army, he successfully coordinated the conduct of Senior Staff Course Qualifying Examination 2020 and Captain to Major Practical Promotion Examination 2020.

Furthermore, Major General Irabor, from hard work, dedication and selfless service in the course of his career, has rightfully earned the following Honours and Awards: Forces Service Star (FSS), Meritorious Service Star (MSS), Distinguished Service Star (DSS) and Grand Service Star (GSS). Others include Command Medal and Field Command Medal (FCM). He was also awarded the ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) peacekeeping medals for operations in Sierra Leone and Liberia as well as medals for United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) and United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

To put in summary, Major General Lucky Irabor has held several appointments in the course of his loyal service to Nigeria and her people. Notable amongst which are Academy Adjutant at the prestigious Nigerian Defence Academy, Commanding Officer 515 Signal Regiment, Commander 53 Signals Brigade, Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of Army Staff, Coordinator Nigerian Army Aviation, Deputy Theatre Commander/Land Component Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Force Commander Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and currently the Chief of Defence Training and Operations.

Seeing all the above and very many not written here, you realize that General Irabor is indeed deserving of anything good that Nigeria has to offer. He is a man truly committed to Project Nigeria. One can without doubt observe that he is a soldier that stays alert, fit, and always battle-ready.

This senior officer is widely travelled. He is happily married and blessed with children. His hobbies include reading, jogging and listening to good music.

BREAKING NEWS: PRESIDENT BUHARI APPOINTS NEW SERVICE CHIEFS

President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service.

Those involved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their “overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,” wishing them well in their future endeavours.

The new Service Chiefs are: Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.

The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
January 26, 2021

Why you must sack the Service Chiefs: Eholor writes President Buhari

The intention of this letter is actually to appeal to the service chiefs to turn up their letters of voluntary retirement after they have served their mandatory tenures and another extended year of service.

Since their stay in office is at the discretion of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I have rather decided to write this letter, appealing to you in the spirit of fairness, standard procedure and progression in the service to allow the longest-serving service chiefs go after exceeding their run-out dates (ROD), which is the mandatory 35 years of military service, and the additional discretionary extension, which is generally time-bound.

As you are aware Mr. President, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin from Ekiti was born on December 2, 1961. He enrolled at the Nigerian Military School, Zaria in 1973 and later joined the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) as a member of the 25th Regular Course. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1981.

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas from Nko, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River, was born on September 27, 1960. He enlisted into the NDA as a member of 26th Regular Course on June 20, 1979 and was commissioned a sub-lieutenant on January 1, 1983.

Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar from Bauchi was born on April 8, 1960 in Azare, Bauchi State. He joined the Nigerian Air Force as a member of the Cadet Military Training Course (CMTC 5) in November 1979.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai from Borno was born on November 24, 1960. In January 1981, he attended the NDA as a member of the 29th Regular Course (29 RC). He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on December 17, 1983.

As you may be aware Mr. President, apart from attaining the ROD, the tenures of the defence and service chiefs have since expired, going by the revised Armed Forces of Nigeria Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service (HTACOS) for officers.

In Section 09.08 of the said HTACOS, which is the authoritative and official service order in the military, it is stated that, “An officer appointed to the substantive appointment of the Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff and the Chief of Air Staff will hold the appointment for a continuous period of two years. The appointment could be extended for another two years from the date of expiration of the initial two-year period.”

The service chiefs were first appointed in July 2015 and their tenures were extended for an additional two years in 2017, which finally expired in 2019 before another extension. It has always been the standard practice, since the return of democratic governance to Nigeria in 1999, for service chiefs to be in office for a maximum term of two years, except on a few occasions of discretionary extension by Mr. President, after which replacements are made.

The retention of the chiefs stagnates the careers of other senior officers and induces unfair early mature retirements, in the absence of vacancies at the topmost echelons of the services.

As in the practice in the past, the exit of a service chief automatically impels the departure of their course mates from the service, such that officers who are next in seniority, such as the chiefs of various corps and departments at the service headquarters; general officers commanding; commandants; brigade commanders; and directors then experience an upward movement in their careers.

As it is now, at least five sets, and generations of regular course (RC) members, including those in the 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 32nd and 33rd courses, with the exception of Lt. General Adeosun, have left the service without any of them attaining the highest military positions in their various services. There is likelihood that those of the 33rd and 34th courses may also not have the privilege of producing a service chief among them if this trend continues. With limited vacancy, only a few officers can be promoted, while several other brilliant officers would be forced to go on retirement.
Meanwhile, after staying for more than four years, with adequate resources provided to the military chiefs for procurements, recruitments and the training of personnel, they have performed to the best of their abilities, yet recent developments call for more strategic thinking, fresh ideas and a change in the administration and style of managing generations of military talents.

The international community has been raising concerns about disturbing trends from the end of last year into the beginning of the new year (2020) pertaining to the steady reversal in the fortunes of our troops in the hands of terrorists.

The European Parliament, the legislative branch of the European Union (EU), observed that there has not been any significant progress in the fight against the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists. The Parliament, in its resolution of January 16, 2020, remarked that the security situation in Nigeria has deteriorated significantly, with insurgents turning the Maiduguri-Damaturu and surrounding routes into an extended death zone.

In the same vein, the United Nations (UN) had expressed outrage over the scale and intensity of the attacks carried out by the suspected insurgents against its facilities and other targets in parts of North-East Nigeria. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon strongly condemned attacks on its humanitarian hub.

There is also the alarming Global Terrorism Index of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), which ranked Nigeria as the third country with the highest level of terrorist activity in 2019, after Iran and Afghanistan.

Some of these reports are not only distressing in terms of the upsurge in the insurgency but have been very embarrassing, as terrorists are not only going for soft targets but staging ambushes against our gallant troops while attacking military facilities. In some instances, civilians, as well as soldiers, have been either abducted or killed by the cowardly but deadly terrorists.

In other climes, including Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad and the Niger Republic, such incidents usually necessitate the replacement of service chiefs under whose leadership there are repeat assaults and losses of lives of troops in the hands of terrorists.

While I believe the service chiefs have good intentions and have done their best, I suggest they leave when the ovations are loudest and in order to allow fresh ideas to come into the management of our national security, whilst encouraging progression and the promotion of deserving officers in the armed forces.

This will also inspire in a coming generation of officers, the hope of their finding ultimate career fulfilment in the armed forces, after decades of sacrifice.

Mr President, It is also imperative that you listen to the yearnings of the masses that the service chiefs are completely bereft of fresh ideas to tackle the high level of insecurity in Nigeria despite the improved funding of the military.

It’s very glaring to all that in spite of the funding of the military and the assurances they gave Nigerians that things would change, nothing seems to have changed.

The worsening security situation in the country is further reinforcing the urgent need to inject new hands with fresh ideas to handle the nation’s security architecture. I’m sure they’ve ran out of excuses and it’s time for them to go.

The idea of keeping these service chiefs in office is raising suspicions in some quarters that they are only in office to protect your interest which is keeping in power.
Mr President, it is also very important to inform you that Nigerians are disappointed with your Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN) and a lawyer. He has failed Nigerians woefully for failing to advise you properly on issues related to our constitution and rule of law.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo should apologise to Nigerians for not helping you to promote the rule of law. He has disappointed the masses and the people are not happy with him.

Finally, let me use this opportunity to wish you a blissful Christmas celebration and a wonderful new year in advance.

Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor is the Global President of One Love Foundation. He is also the Democracy Observer-General General, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

#EndSARS: Use any lawful means to bring back law, order – Buhari instructs services chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari has addressed the shooting, killings and the on-going vandalism in various parts of the country.

Recall that some Nigerians were shot at and some killed at the Lagos toll gate on Tuesday.

There have also been several cases of vandalism in different parts of the country due to the hijack of the #EndSARS protest by hoodlums.

Reacting, Buhari at the National Security Council meeting in Abuja directed law enforcement agents to use any lawful means to bring back law and order in the affected places.

Bashir Ahmad, the President’s assistant on new media, made this known on his Twitter page.

He said “PMB at the Security Council Meeting today, directed the law enforcement agents to use any lawful means to bring back law and order in the affected places.”

Buhari is rewarding failure by retaining service chiefs- Eholor

The President, One Love Foundation and the Observer General, Patrick Osagie Eholor has added voice to Nigerians calling for the resignation of security chiefs for failing in their constitutional role of protecting citizens from internal aggression.

Speaking to reporters on the recent unanimous adoption of a motion by Mohammed Monguno (representing APC Borno), urging President Mohammadu Buhari to sack all the security chiefs if they fail to resign honorably for their inability to stamp out insurgents in the North East, Eholor opined that the issue is not between the northerners and the southerners but between the elites and the poor people who want the poor to perpetually remain poor.

While wondering why Nigeria has become a country that rewards failure, Eholor explained that service chiefs have tenure and if they have not been able to satisfy Nigerians, the National Assembly has his support by calling for their resignation.

“People are being slaughtered everyday and resources meant for the fight against insurgency are being diverted. While the activities of this insurgence are increasing by the day instead of decreasing, I think the security chiefs should apologize and resign with shame. And if the security chiefs continue in office, it means Mr. President has become Mr. Punishment to his people”.

On reports by the military that Boko Haram has been defeated in Borno and the submission by Ahmadu Jaha (Rep.Chibok, Damboa and Gwoza) that his constituents were still being attacked and displaced, Eholor said that Nigeria has been built on lies and that he cannot cast aspersions on the whole military because there are good men and women there.

“Perhaps it’s true that Boko Haram has been driven out from the area and they have taken over. But you know what happened when our military went to Liberia. After the victory some of them started raping women and stealing. They brought national disgrace to Nigeria. The Chief of Army Staff should look into the military and purge out those that are not making the military proud. It is not only the security chiefs that are not performing; there are also low ranking officers who are not working in accordance with the rules of engagement”.

Service chiefs must be sacked – House of Reps insist

The House of Representatives has maintained its demand for the sack or resignation of the service chiefs over the insecurity in the country. Benjamin Kalu, the spokesperson for the House in a report on Daly Trust dated February 10, told journalists in Abuja that the lower house has not backed down on its call for the removal of the security chiefs.

Kalu stated that the legislators are yet to rescind an earlier resolution calling for the removal of the service chiefs, noting that the resolution stands until a member calls for the resolution to be rescinded.

“So, every resolution taken by the house remains as it is until somebody will raise by a way of motion and being to say, we want to rescind a particular resolution on the matter,” he said.

“If that is not done, you cannot accuse the house of caving in. Caving in to what? There is the only one way of caving in, by a way of motion, and we have not done that. So, until we do that, don’t accuse us of that”.