The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Saturday called for the resignation of the National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki and the Defence minister, Gen. Aliyu Gusau, over the Boko Haram crisis.
A statement signed by the General Secretary of CAN, Rev. Musa Asake, argued, “The President appointed a Muslim, Col. Sambo Dasuki to replace Gen. Azazi (former NSA) who was a Christian and later appointed another Muslim, Gen. Aliyu Gasau as Defence minister with a pledge to deal ruthlessly with the Boko Haram Islamic terrorists.
“The major task handed down to Col. Dasuki and Gen. Gusau is to tackle Boko Haram insurgency, which was already threatening to spread into other regions of the country. But the question in the lips of every Nigerian Christian today is: “What changes have these two military tacticians brought to bear since they were appointed? What is the wisdom of entrusting the nation’s security in the hands of two relations from the North West? Why have these two relations from Sokoto and Zamfara states not changed their tactics in accordance with the presidential mandate given to them to root out the insurgents in the North East geo-political zone? Is this a game plan to eliminate people in that region and put them in perpetual subjugation?”
According to the CAN general secretary, Nigerian Christians are no longer comfortable with the continued inclusion of these two individuals in the cabinet even as the Islamic terrorists have not only changed tactics several times but have conquered more territories and established more caliphates in the North East during their regime than at any other period.
“CAN therefore wondered why the NSA and the Defence minister have not voluntarily resigned their appointments for poor coordination of relevant agencies to tackle the security challenges in the North East region of the country despite the huge budgetary allocations for the purpose.”