The youths under the aegis of Youths for Sustainable Nigeria (YFSN) have urged Nigerians to support the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) as they chart a way out of the present security challenges in the country.
They particularly advised a group, the Coalition of Concerned Nigeria Security Experts to join efforts with the leadership of the AFN to seek solutions rather criticizing the service chiefs.
The Coalition of Concerned Nigeria Security Experts had said the new service chiefs were embarking on “needless national tour” insisting that their tour be directed at states with worse security problems, particularly North-east.
However, YFSN in a statement signed by the President, Abdullah Quassim and Secretary, Okorocha Ozor, Wednesday appealed to them and all others to join hands with the current leadership of the AFN to proffer solution to the security situation in Nigeria.
“We understand the concern of the Coalition of Concerned Nigeria Security Experts about the security situation in the country. We are glad the group comprises security experts who can be called upon to give advice when necessary.
“The coalition should recollect that just this week, a National Defence and Security Summit was organised by the Defence Headquarters under the leadership of Gen LEO Irabor. The summit was open to all Nigerians. Even security experts from the public and private sector were in attendance.
“That means the current leadership of the AFN has not foreclosed the door on any group that has a reasonable advice to offer. It means the Nigerian military under the present Chief of Defence Staff is ready to aggregate ideas and get the best to tackle the issue.
“As youths of this country, we are also concerned just as the respected members of Coalition of Concerned Nigeria Security Experts, but we think we should join efforts with the service chiefs who seems determined to get the best for our country.
“While not holding fort for the service chiefs, we ask, how best can they feel the pulse of the nation without moving round the hot spots as they have done after their appointment?
“The Coalition also asked the service chiefs to relocate to the North-East. Will they also relocate to the North-West South-East and South-West where they are skirmishes?,” the statement said.