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Thursday, 27 February 2020

Dissociate Us From Any Protest Against Service Chiefs -NAPS President

...Warns PDP to stop inducing students for protests

The National President, National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), Comr. Benedict Olalere has today Thursday, 27th February, 2020 in a press conference in Abuja kicked against a planned protest by a faction of NAPS induced by some PSP leaders to compel President Muhammadu Buhari to remove the head of Nigeria’s security agencies.

Comr. Olalere flanked by his other NAPS Excos told journalists that the move to relieve the security heads of their jobs would further worsen the security situation in the country.

According to the NAPS National President, the call for the sacking of the service chiefs is not in the best interest of the country, but would further heighten tension in the polity.

Lending his voice, a former National vice president of NAPS who is currently the National chairman of the Emerging Leaders Forum of Nigeria (ELFON); Hon. Gods time Chukwubuikem Samuel decried what he described as the politicisation of the matter which had been in the public sphere for weeks, arguing that despite the recent setbacks, the military has substantially degraded the Boko Haram sect.

He added that under the current leadership of the Nigerian military and despite several constraints of modern fighting equipment and poor financing, the armed forces had striven to stabilise the country and stop the surging criminals.

Comr. Olalere also said:

“We are aware that our dear nation is bedevilled by numerous security challenges, but we are also aware of the spirited efforts by the military, police and other security agencies to deal with the security threats".

“However, the call for protest against the service chiefs and the call for sacking of the service chiefs is not done in the best interest of the nation. It is the highest form of politicisation and stultification of security in Nigeria".

“Despite the recent setbacks in the war against terrorism, it is obvious that there are obvious achievements recorded under the current military leadership. The service chiefs have done a lot to stabilise our democracy and security which are needed for development” he said.

The student leader maintained that the appointment and removal of the service chiefs remain the prerogative of the president and advised Nigerians not to stampede Buhari into making rash decisions.

While disassociating the student groups from the public protest, the organisations wondered whose interests the protesters were serving, maintaining that the decision to remove service chiefs should be jettisoned.

“We openly strongly dissociate ourselves from the planned protest for the removal of the heads of the armed forces of Nigeria and we urge all Nigerians to resist the misadventure that is the politically induced removal of service chiefs.

“We urge all to support and rally round the President Muhammadu Buhari and the leaders of the armed forces of our great country to hasten the total defeat of the insurgents, terrorists and bandits in our country.

“We say ‘no’ to political interference in our security matters and to the planned protest against the military leadership in Nigeria. “The youth bodies insisted.

There had been a groundswell of calls for the sack of the security chiefs following the growing insecurity in the country, prompting the Presidency to call for a halt in the planned protest and describing the protesters as hired by PDP leaders.

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