HURIWA calls for creation of war council with Buratai, other ex-Service Chiefs as members
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute a war council.
HURIWA, a Rights group said the council should have Ex-Service Chiefs and a few good security consultants including three Women.
The advocacy group made the call in reaction to the confirmation of the immediate past Service Chiefs as non-career ambassador-designate.
Recall that the Senate had confirmed Ex-Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, (rtd) erstwhile Chiefs of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, Airs staff Abubakar Sadique and Navy, Ibok Ibas as non-career Ambassadors.
The confirmation followed Buhari’s nomination of the Ex-Service Chiefs.
Reacting, HURIWA applauded the quick thinking of the National Assembly in approving the nominations of the recently retired ex-Service Chiefs as Ambassadors.
HURIWA made the calls in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Director of media, Miss Zainab Yusuf.
The statement reads: “We are deeply convinced that the confirmations of these great and astute professionals as Nigeria’s representatives in other jurisdictions, is one of the best decisions of the Ninth National Assembly for which posterity will be grateful to them. We have the profound belief that given their extensive training and their excellent love of Nigeria, their tenures as Ambassadors will be productive, fruitful and excellent.
“In the light of the above, may we appeal to Buhari to further tap from the rich Military experiences of these Generals by constituting a 7-man war council to be made up of these men and three other women who are competent, professionally meritorious, tested and trusted scholars in the field of defence/war and security matters. Their sole mandate would be to offer quality workable ideas on how best to successfully wage a law-based war on terror successfully within an attainable but definitely brief timeline.
“This war on terror needs innovative ideas to win and we are of the opinion that wherever these Ambassadors may be posted, Mr. President can still consult them often on security matters so Nigeria can win the war on terror and establish greater peace, economic prosperity and sustainable development”.
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