Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe of PDP caused a stir recently with his bold call for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over worsening security situation in the country.
The call which elicited nod of approval from the leadership of the Peoples Democratic party, PDP, was greeted with condemnation from the Presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC as they flayed the lawmaker for what they called an attempt to politicize the nation’s security.
The barrage of criticisms notwithstanding, Abaribe earlier in the week again fired another salvo in the direction of the Presidency when he came up with a bill for the establishment of Armed Forces Service Commission.
The bill which has since scaled first reading in the Senate states that “the commission shall ensure that the functions specified in Section 217 of the 1999 constitution; and the powers exercisable by the President in the appointment of service chiefs and officers corps and other ranks of the Armed Forces of the Federation in Section 218 of the 1999 constitution reflects federal character of Nigeria.”
It also proposes that “as from the date of commencement of this Act, the commission shall have the power to recommend to the President from among the best and most qualified, most educated and most experienced members of the Armed Forces of the Federation for appointment as (a) Chief of Defence Staff, (b) Chief of Army Staff, (c) Chief of Air Staff ,(d) Chief of Naval Staff (e), Director of military intelligence; and Heads of other arm-bearing security agencies and ensure that such appointments reflects federal character principle of Nigeria.”
Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Mike Ozekhome described the bill as good but came short of labeling the Buhari-led government an insensitive collection of leaders motivated by domination of an ethnic group over others.