The Senate on Tuesday called for the resignation of all Service Chiefs over the recent killing of soldiers and mass resignation from the military.
This was part of the resolutions reached by the lawmakers during its plenary session. It also resolved that the top hierarchy of the military should brief the relevant committees on the factors militating against military operations.
The resolution was made after observing a minute silence to honor soldiers and members of other security agencies that have lost their lives during their fight against insurgency.
In a motion titled: “Rising casualties among Nigerian soldiers and other security agencies” Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army in his lead debate said that 24 soldiers were recently killed in an ambush by insurgents in Danboa while 19 were wounded. According to the lawmaker who represents Borno South District, nine others were also reported missing during the attack by insurgents.
He further stated that another 20 soldiers were killed during a similar ambush in Kachina with others sustaining different kinds of injuries.
It was gathered that about 200 soldiers in the frontline tendered their resignation.
Some disturbing videos had been seen on the internet where soldiers were pushing the armor trucks.
Despite the investment, the military is reported to be ill-equipped. The Senate, therefore, urged the Federal Government to urgently intensify the provision of modern equipment to enhance the operational capabilities of our armed forces.
It further mandated the Joint Committees on Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Defence, and Interior to receive briefings on the state of affairs of the services in this regard.
“The spirit of this motion is that our armed forces are trying very heard. The good is still not enough. We need to continue to encourage and provide for them. They lay their lives on behalf of all of us and it is very sad that some of them have deserted the war front.
“…This our Joint Committees should get to the root of about 200 soldiers who have deserted. And my condolences to the families of the fallen heroes.” Senate President, Ahmed Lawan said.