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Two Months Not Enough To Tackle 10-Year Security Challenge – Group

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Youths under the aegis of Youths For Sustainable Nigeria (YFSN) have declared that the recently appointed service chiefs need time to bring the security challenges to an end.

The Youths stated this in reaction to a statement credited to a group, Coalition of Concerned Nigeria Security Experts expressing concern over the continuing insecurity in the country two months into the appointment of the new service chiefs.

The security experts also said that the new service chiefs were embarking on “needless national tour” insisting that their tour be directed at states with worse security problems, particularly North East.

In response to the Security Experts, YFSN in a statement signed by the President, Abdullah Quassim and Secretary, Okorocha Ozor, wondered how the service chiefs would have just stayed in Abuja without going to the hotspots across the country.

The Youths rather appealed to the Coalition of Concerned Nigeria Security Experts and all others to join hands with the current leadership of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to proffer solution to the crisis.

The YSFN statement issued Wednesday night said that this is not the time to start issuing ultimatum to the recently appointed service chiefs.

YSFN said “The Coalition said that two months was enough for them to make some visible impact in the security sector of the country. We ask the respected security experts, in all sincerity is two months enough to tackle the current security challenges of more than a decade?

“We understand the concern of the Coalition of Concerned Nigeria Security Experts about the security situation in the country. We are glad the group comprises security experts who can be called upon to give advice when necessary.

“The coalition should recollect that just this week, a National Defence and Security Summit was organised by the Defence Headquarters under the leadership of Gen LEO Irabor. The summit was open to all Nigerians. Even security experts from the public and private sector were in attendance.

“That means the current leadership of the AFN has not foreclosed the door on any group that has a reasonable advice to offer. It means the Nigerian military under the present Chief of Defence Staff is ready to aggregate ideas and get the best to tackle the issue.

“As youths of this country, we are also concerned just as the respected members of Coalition of Concerned Nigeria Security Experts, but we think we should join efforts with the service chiefs who seems determined to get the best for our country.

“While not holding fort for the service chiefs, we ask, how best can they feel the pulse of the nation without moving round the hot spots as they have done after their appointment?

“The Coalition also asked the service chiefs to relocate to the North-East. Will they also relocate to the North-West South-East and South-West where they are skirmishes?”

The YSFN statement appealed to youths across to shun every attempt to be used to further deepen the crisis in the country.

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