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Boko Haram: Jonathan must sack more people – NANS



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If President Goodluck Jonathan is serious about redeeming his image by bringing an end to the Boko Haram menace and other security challenges in the country, he must give more people the boot, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has said.

Reacting to the sack of the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the Minister of Defence, Bello Haliru Mohammed, NANS said in a statement issued by its Vice President (External Affairs), Comrade Aremo Gbenga-Oyebode that it was not enough to sack only the NSA and the Defence Minister, adding that; “Other security chiefs like the too failed the nation and they must be sacked.”

While particularly calling for the sack of the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (rtd), NANS said the nation’s security apparatus, especially the intelligence gathering departments need total overhauling and the most affected is the police.

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“It is a welcome development that President Jonathan was courageous enough to remove the NSA, who had shown total lack of understanding of his job and had opted for showmanship.

“The president’s decision to appoint a member of the highly reverred Sokoto Sultanate is also a wise one and we hope it will help in saving Nigeria from this incessant blood-letting.

“However, it is our opinion that the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade too ough to have been shown the way out because his ministry is as guilty as that of Defence, which was handled by the sacked Bello Haliru Mohammed.

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“If Bello Haliru Mohammed, whose Ministry is in charge of external security of the country could be sacked because of internal security problems in the country, President Jonathan needs to explain why he is still keeping Olubolade, whose Ministry should be the one responsible for tackling the Boko Haram menace.

“Or is the president still playing the North-South politics by sacking a Northern Minister, whose ministry is not suppose to be too involved in internal security and keeping a Southern Minister, whose ministry is directly responsible for the internal security of the country?

“Mr. President must therefore live above sectional and man-know-man politics by weeding his government of grossly incompetent people, because Nigerians are begining to get impatient with him,” NANS said.

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