Political leaders have greeted with mixed feelings the appointment by President Goodluck Jonathan of a new security adviser.
While some welcome the appointment of Col. Sambo Dasuki as panacea to the security problem, others say mere appointment without political will, cannot solve the problem.
Mr Sunny Moniedafe, a chieftain of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday that the appointment would bring the desired peace.
NAN reports that Jonathan on Friday relieved retired Gen. Andrew Azazi of his duties as the security adviser and replaced him with retired Col. Sambo Dasuki.
``I believe the new security adviser will give us the desired peace Nigeria needs because he has a good pedigree and he will succeed,’’ Moniedafe said.
He urged Nigerians not to look at Azazi’s sack as tribal ``since Nigeria is not about any zone, tribe or indigene,’’
The Lagos State Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Mr Godfrey Lemchi, believed the sack and the new appointment could not bring a lasting solution without political will.
``Jonathan should take the bull by the horn by enunciating and executing a policy framework adopted by nations that had gone through similar experience,’’ he said.
Prof. Oluremi Sonaiya, the National Public Relations Officer of the KOWA Party, also urged the president to use his political will and deal with Boko Haram and their financiers.
According to her, Nigerians have the feelings that there is a reticence about dealing with the issue.
``Until our government is ready to take the bull by the horn, there will be a lot of punching in the air, which the sacking of Azazi may amount to,’’ she said.
Mr Damian Ogbonna, the National Chairman of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), also agreed that change of guard was not the solution to the problem.
``Change of guard will not solve the problem because the problem does not need fundamental, security or a military solution. The problem needs a political solution,’’ he said.