Spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Ugochinyere Ikenga, at a press briefing in Abuja, said the service chiefs having spent five years in office, have nothing new to offer to the country in terms of performance and, therefore, underserving of being allowed to continue in office.
“The opposition cannot continue to indulge this president and believe that he will change. This president still has close to three years left for his regime to constitutionally run out. We can no longer stand on the sidelines and watch him destroy our country irreversibly. We must put all hands on deck to make this country work whether the President likes it or not. We believe that the Federal High Court will grant our prayers and invariably terminate the illegal extension of the tenures of the service chiefs, cause a legitimate change of guard and revitalise the very low morale of troops at the various theatres,” he said.
Ikenga said at the inception of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government in 2015, the government had promised to tackle insecurity, fight corruption and revamp the economy. He, however, regretted that despite the spate of insecurity across the country, President Buhari had retained the service chiefs against wise counsel that demands their removal and replacement with new blood.
“Under the watch of this regime, Nigeria has been turned into a killing field. The colour of our rivers is now red with the blood of innocent citizens. The regime has failed in its fulfilment of the primary purpose of government, which is the protection of lives and properties of citizens. We now have different nomenclature for different theatres of blood in the country. In the North East it is called insurgency; North West, banditry; North Central, herders/farmers clash, while in the states of southern Nigeria it is referred to as kidnapping.”