‘140 gen­er­als re­tired in two years’

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

About 140 gen­er­als were pre­ma­turely re­tired in the last two years, re­tired Bri­gadier Gen­eral Ab­dul­rah­man Mansur Dan-Ali has said.

He said this yes­ter­day dur­ing the ple­nary ses­sion of the Na­tional Con­fer­ence where del­e­gates com­mented on Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan in­au­gu­ral speech.

He said de­spite spend­ing huge re­sources “in train­ing of these mil­i­tary gen­er­als, they were just wasted by re­tir­ing them.”

Dan-Ali also said the mil­i­tary is over­stretched, say­ing that of the 36 states of the fed­er­a­tion, soldiers are de­ployed in 33 states, which in­di­cates the level of in­se­cu­rity in the coun­try.

He ob­served that de­spite this, the pres­i­dent’s speech was silent on the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in ma­jor parts of the coun­try.

“My people feel marginalised be­cause the pres­i­dent ig­nored in­se­cu­rity which is their ma­jor prob­lem now,” he said.

In­stead of ad­dress­ing the sit­u­a­tion, the gen­eral lamented, the var­i­ous se­cu­rity agencies have aban­doned their pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“We are con­fronted with a sit­u­a­tion where the State Se­cu­rity Ser­vice (SSS) op­er­a­tives have been de­ployed to com­bat du­ties, aban­don­ing their pri­mary role of in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing,” he said.

“The po­lice are per­ma­nently stuck in road blocks. They have taken over the du­ties of Ve­hi­cles In­spec­tion Of­fi­cers (VIO), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion.”

Also speak­ing, re­tired As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Bashir Al­basu said in­se­cu­rity has rav­aged the coun­try, de­ter­ring most Ig­bos from trav­el­ling to the east for Christ­mas for fear of kid­nap­pers.

He said the en­tire coun­try is be­ing af­fected by in­sur­gency, herders-farm­ers clash, kid­nap­ping, armed rob­bery, crude oil theft, com­mu­nal clashes, among oth­ers.

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