War Against Terrorists: Why I Am Sceptical About Changing Service Chiefs - Buhari
Nigeria's northeast is again experiencing rise in the activities of Boko Haram and more communities are falling to its splinter group, the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) which is affiliated to ISIS.
More dwellers have abandoned their communities and are now at Internally Displaced Persons camps in Borno State.
In the past two weeks over 2,000 persons have been displaced.
President Buhari in an exclusive interview with ThisDay, gave insights into efforts of the government to end the activities of the terrorists.
First, the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, said the situation in the northeast was better.
He again blamed the fall of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi for the rise of insurgency in Nigeria's northeast, insisting that arm-carrying herders and terrorists in Nigeria were part of those trained in the push to kick Gaddafi out of office.
"The situations in the North West and North East are better.
"I am not defending lack of security, but you know that after 16 years of the PDP, they have enormous resources at their disposal and they will do anything with the resources to discredit this administration.
"I thank God that majority of Nigerians are beginning to understand that the leadership of this administration is doing its best with the resources at their disposal," he said.
While the terrorists are pushing to take over more communities in the northeast, there are clamours for the removal of Service Chiefs whose tenure had expired. One of such persons is the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
But the president has not taken any decision on it.
Responding to a question bordering on this issue, President Buhari said: "I accept responsibility for not changing the Service Chiefs.
"Somebody even gave me 'Last Warning' that I must change the IG.
"I don't think I am afraid of the IG.
"I have not organised road blocks or got collection from police to say that I will lose some part of my revenue from him.
"I am not afraid of the soldiers.
"But my understanding of security is that when you have a case of emergency, you have to be careful with tampering with the Heads of Service.
"I have been a governor, minister and head of state.
"I am measuring the options very critically while we have a case of emergency
"If you remove them, if you don't wait for an appropriate time to do it, you create competition within the service. There are so many ambitious people, but only one man can be a chief per time.
"Don't forget that it was this administration that appointed all the three. " I didn't do any of them really on personal basis. I followed records and I thought I picked the best then.
"There performance may be disappointing, but I accept responsibility for not changing them.
"Handling the military and services, the head has to be careful because you don't know the ambitions of those coming up.
"It is a very sensitive issue," he said while assuring Nigerians that on the IG of police, he would do the needful.
"I will take action. he promised.
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Another issue that was raised was the rising cases of kidnapping and President Buhari said he had noticed that kidnapping had increased.
"It is taking place from Katsina to port, from Lagos to Maiduguri
"They are selfish, organised. They want to get people who succeed and demand a lot of money.
"We are tracking them using technology and committed Nigerians who will report those who are living beyond their means without visible means of how they get what they are enjoying," he added.
President Buhari further said his administration would continue to do its best to protect the lives and property of Nigerians.
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