A coalition of civil society groups on Friday, protested at the United States Embassy in Abuja, against the presence of the service chiefs at the kickoff of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election campaign at the Presidential Villa last Sunday.
The group said that the presence of the heads of security agencies at the event meant that they have taken sides with the President and have become agents of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The protest was led by Adeyanju Deji, convener, Concerned Nigerians; Adebayo Raphael (Mumu Don Do Movement); Ariyo Atoye (Coalition in Defence Of Nigerian Democracy) and Nwazuruahu Shield (Leadership & Accountability Initiative), and many others.
Members of the movement expressed concern over the situation of the country and what the presence of the serving chiefs meant for the country’s democracy.
“We are deeply concerned, that our country’s service chiefs, who were trained to defend Nigeria’s territorial integrity, and the heads of security agencies, who are saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and properties of Nigerians without compromise, all decided to recklessly abandon their responsibilities and shamelessly attend a function of unbridled partisanship.”
The protesters demanded the sacking of the security chiefs for failing to provide solutions to the security crises facing the country