Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West) has lend his voice to the growing calls on President Muhamadu Buhari to remove his security chiefs for poor performance.
Melaye’s call came on the heels of the killing of innocent Nigerians across the country by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The lawmaker said that the news of another round of killing of over 100 persons of Berom descent in over three local government areas in Plateau State assailed him like a jolt of lightening.
While regretting that this could still happen in spite of the billions of Naira being invested in security annually, and despite all admonitions that security chiefs take their responsibilities seriously, he said that it leaves most Nigerians reeling with shock.
In a statement he issued on Sunday which was made available to The AUTHORITY in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, Melaye said that the security chiefs continued occupation of their exalted offices without fulfilling the attending obligation of securing the life and property of Nigerians, was like smoke in the eye, adding that it is an aberration.
Melaye charged President Muhammadu Buhari to show capacity but prove the capacity to handle the situation.
He added that the Presidency must show that it is not comfortable with the” valley of death that our beloved country is turning into. For now nothing shows that there is interest to abate the senseless killing.
“How does one explain this ceaseless and wanton destruction of human lives without the culprits being apprehended and punished with all the apparatus available for surveillance and crime detection in today’s civilisation?
“How long would this mindless butchering of our compatriots be tolerated with the only reprieve we get being excuses and palliatives?
“How can we expect the global community to take us seriously when we complain about our citizens not being treated fairly outside the shores of Nigeria, when we ourselves give proof daily that we value our citizens’ lives less than that of animals?”
Melaiye noted that human lives were among the greatest of God’s gift, and the essence of civilisation is to ensure its security and preservation to enable it attain to its full potential.
“Consequently, any taking of human life, without the due process of law is repugnant and abhorrent to society and should not be tolerated.
“As a matter of fact, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria makes it abundantly clear that the sole reason for the existence of government is the security and welfare of the citizens.
“It however seems our security chiefs, in spite of several calls and admonitions to it to prevent further loss of Nigerian lives, are indifferent to our citizens’ wellbeing, but are rather engrossed with and seem to derive satisfaction from the bullying and harassment of any dissenting voice to citizens’ unfriendly policies of the Executive.
“It has become imperative to draw the attention of our security chiefs to the fact that the continued unabated butchering of Nigerians without the apprehension and trial of the culprits, despite the availability of modern devices for information gathering, reconnaissance and detection leaves one with just one of two inferences,” he said.