The Coalition of North-East Elders for Peace and Development have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack service chiefs.
They accused the service chiefs of sending troops to to checkmate the #EndSARS protests in parts of the country, at the detriment of the South East zone.
The elders said the troops deployed killed scores of civilians as a result of operational errors.
The statement was signed by the chairman, Engr. Zana Goni, the North East elders
They said it is high time President Buhari fired the service chiefs without delay because they have exhausted their ideas , meaning that they are no more useful.
The statement reads: “Though the protests in parts of the country may have been suspended, with deaths and destruction of both private and public properties in the trail, we wish to state that the North East also suffered a similar fate during the period of the demonstrations,” Goni said in the statement.
Goni said, “We had thought that the high command of the military would, at least, be proactive enough to know that these insurgents take advantage of loopholes, to perpetrate their wicked acts.
“We are disappointed that these gaps were not covered, thereby giving the terrorists a free rein in many communities, a situation that culminated in many unreported deaths and destruction of property.
“Our men, women and children are tired of these unwarranted attacks on communities, in the face of substantial budgetary expenditure on the defence and security sub-sector of the nation.
“We are concerned that our President, Buhari, who is so passionate about leaving an enviable legacy of a prosperous nation in all respect, has remained adamant, as far as the military heads are concerned. This position is despite the unanimous resolution by the Senate and the House of Representatives requesting the sack of the Service Chiefs.
“May we, therefore, reiterate our earlier calls for the removal of Service Chiefs, as their replacement will never be difficult because there are younger generals that are now better positioned to deliver on our expectations.
“We know that our dear President will lose nothing, as loyalty among officers and personnel of the military, is total, absolute and unalloyed, notwithstanding who is saddled with whatever responsibility.”