By Faith Igbudu
President Muhammadu Buhari has being asked to reject the security report by the Department of State Services, (DSS) and to immediately sack its Director General, Yusuf Bichi, for heating up the already tensed security atmosphere in the country.
This was the position of Forum of Middle Belt Youth Presidents expressed at a press conference in Abuja, Tuesday.
It can be recalled that, a news report by the Department of State Services, (DSS) had alleged that three serving governors in the country are behind a plot to incite the public which may lead to violence that may engulf the northern part of Nigeria.
In a speech by the Coordinator of the Forum, Comrade Terrence Kuanum, he said “a cursory look at the accusation by a service, saddled with the responsibility of protecting Nigerians through viable intelligence gathering and proactive measures at very critical moments like the situation we have found ourselves in Nigeria now is worrisome.
“Unfortunately, we find the tone and the real agenda behind such weighty allegations suspicious, particularly that the service has left the current precarious situation where terrorists have taken over a large chunk of the sovereignty of the country to satisfy some seeming political interests absurd.
‘We demand that President Buhari should reject that report and sack the Director General of DSS without further delay for failing in his responsibilities and abating genocide in the country.
“We also demand the immediate deployment of more military personnel into the Operation Whirl Stroke to beef up security in the Benue Valley to stop the killings of innocent persons as it has become apparent that the security forces on the Benue/Nasarawa border lack the sophistication of the weaponry of the Fulani herdsmen who have set up camps in the southern part of Nasarawa State.”
On ASUU strike, the forum asked the FG to take, proactive steps to address the demands put forward by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in a bid to end the raging strike to avoid further provocation that might lead to break down of law and order in our country.
“The Federal Government should take urgent steps to remedy the hike in the cost of living in our country. These are the time bombs we are all sitting on hence, every step must be taken to ensure it doesn’t explode.
“We stand solidly with state governors who have demonstrated courage at all times, even in the face of stiff opposition from the federal might. We commend them all for always remaining resolute and steadfast,” he added.
The Forum of Middle Belt Youth Presidents urged the president to come down from his high horse and listen to critical stakeholders. He said: “We give our backing to the calls that the President convoke a national security summit of all ethnic nationalities to address this nagging insecurity threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria. That way, there may be viable solutions to fixing security, economy and other critical sectors so that this country can move forward without all the baggage we are seeing now.
The forum also urged the Buhari led administration and its agents to focus on their mandate of providing leadership to alleviate the suffering of the people and desist from vilifying and castigating true nationalists and patriots who have been in the vanguard of ensuring that the incompetent and ineffective leadership at the centre does not destroy what is left of the country’s dwindling values.