By John Ndu
Human Rights, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders’ Foundation (HURIDE) has Urged the newly service Chiefs to move into action and change the narratives.
HURRIDE in a statement said that the only way Nigeria will appreciate the change is if they quickly bring radical turn around in the security situation of the country.
But if there is continuous killing and kidnapping, said the group, by the Boko-Haram in the North East and in the South and Middle Belt by the Fulani Herdsmen, then they would have failed so early in the day.
However, HURIDE in the statement signed by its Executive Director, Dede Uzor A Uzor, said the Federal Government should provide the Service Chiefs with all necessary support if they must succeed in the arduous task of turning Nigeria security around for the better.
The group said: “It is not only changing Service Chiefs but being sincere with Nigerians that the Federal Government actually wants to stamp out insecurity in the country”.
Continuing they said:
The appointment came too late after monumental damage has been done to our society both physically and in their psyche.
It came reluctantly so late in spite of the pressure from widespread Nigerians, including the members of the National Assembly, most of whom are in All Progressive Congress (APC) and key President Buhari supporters.
It is however better than not coming at all”.
But the group questioned the appointment of Maj. Gen.Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff inspite of his alleged failure and ethnic bias when he was the Commander of Operation Dole in Maiduguri.
They alleged that his tenure as the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division, Enugu witnessed massive killings of Igbo youths in the name of fighting Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) especially the Nkpor and Onitsha massacre were so many unarmed youths was brutally murdered in a cold blood for carrying Biafran flags.
“We hope his coming is not to continue the war against Igbo youths or to mail down Nigerians of Southern and Middle Belt extraction at the slightest opportunity,” said HURIDE.
The group said unfortunately, President Buhari has sidelined Ndigbo in the new appointment but asked Ndigbo not to worry and see ” the hatred and marginalisation of Ndigbo as Buhari chronic sickness which he has refused to overcome”.
HURIDE urged him to appoint an Igbo man, the new Inspector General of Police(IGP)to enable Nigerians to see him as a president who respects the sanctity and sacredness of federal character commission enshrine with our extant laws. It will also show that president Muhammad Buhari loves Ndigbo, Dede Uzor advised.