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We Insist, Current Service Chiefs Must Make Way For New Ideas – Senate

Senate President, Ahmed LawanThe Senate has insisted that the present crop of service chiefs have to step aside for new ideas to come in.

Ali Ndume recently revealed that this is necessary for the battle against insecurity in Nigeria.

According to him, there are several reports on the number of casualties among the Nigerian Army and other security agencies, and the Senate is very disturbed.

He added that he and his fellow lawmakers do appreciate the sacrifices of the armed forces in the fight against insurgency, banditry, and protection of the territorial integrity of Nigeria and several other security assignments given to them.

His words, “Just recently 24 soldiers were ambushed and killed along Damboa-Maiduguri road in Borno; 19 were wounded and nine were declared missing in action.

“The senate is disturbed that in Katsina again about 20 soldiers were also ambushed and killed why several others were wounded.

“The number of civilian casualty is not known.

“The senate appreciates the sacrifices of our armed forces in the fight against insurgency, banditry and protection of the territorial integrity of Nigeria and several other security assignments given to them.”

Sen. Istifanus Gyang added, “The reports of repeated loss of life of soldiers and desertions is the order of the day.

“And the latest development that is novel and unprecedented is the resignation of over 200 soldiers.This shows the level of disaffection and disenchantment.

“This calls for an urgent scrutiny by the Senate of the strategic, the tactical and operational details of operation by the armed forces”.