New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP) has called for restraint in the rampant calls for resignation of security chiefs saying security is a delicate issue that must not be sacrificed for pecuniary gains.
Recall that there have been calls from some quarters for the resignation of Nigerian security chiefs over allegations of corruption. The recent been the call for the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to resign over an allegation of collecting about N120 billion as bill for special security services to corporate bodies, such as oil firms, and highly placed individuals.
Reacting to the call, NGP in a statement signed yesterday in Abuja by its National Chairman, Dr. Yakubu Shendam, said it was high time Nigerians and organisations making such calls to put national interest first and also consider the security of lives and property before making such calls.
“Security anywhere in the world is a serious business that should not be politicised but regrettably in our country, anytime a security chiefs is seen to be making progress in the fight against crime and criminality, weighty allegations are made by some persons who should know the intricate nature of securing a nation.
While we are opposed to corruption in its entirety, we wish to caution the federal government to be cautious of such calls in other not to jeorpadise the feet already achieved in the security architecture of the country.
” No one amongst the chiefs of the various security outfits in this country is free of allegations of corruption particularly under this administration that is known to be making efforts in fighting corruption. Therefore, it should be clear to all that those making these allegations are a cabal that want to puncture the security architecture for reasons only known to them.”
He wondered how those accusing the IGP of collecting N120 billion got at the figure considering the fact that it was not done following due process.
According to NGP chair, more calls for sack of security chiefs would be made should the Federal Government fall to the antics of those who have constructed themselves to seeking outright sack or redeployment of security personnel that may not be useful for their dealings.