- Some lawmakers in the Senate has reacted to the generally ugly situation of insecurity in the country
- Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (Lagos-west) has urged the federal government to sack all service chiefs and security heads in the country
- Adeola remarked that President Muhammadu Buhari needs people with fresh minds and new ideas to tackle security issues in Nigeria
Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, the senator representing Lagos west, has urged the presidency to sack all the service chiefs and heads of security in the country. Adeola noted that President Muhammadu Buhari needs new ideas from fresh minds to end frequent killings in the Nigeria.
He said this in response to an instance cited by Senator Suleiman Asonya Adokwe, representing Nasarawa south constituency, Vanguard reports.
Senator Adokwe drawing the attention of the Senate to the crisis in the southern district of Nasarawa by armed militia, said that the armed militia are occupying four out of five local government areas in the above stated district. Adokwe said: “Several dead bodies and wounded individuals were found as a result of the crisis.”
A number of senator responded to the issues raised by Adokwe. Senator Philip Gyunka said: “This act is barbaric. This is disheartening, seeing people killed. Some people have been identified as the killers, We cannot fold our hands and do nothing about it. We should urge the Federal Government to face up to these people.”
Senator Dino Melaye remarked thus: “I am disturbed that month after month, we are still talking about security infrastructure. If people keep dying, who are we reviving the economy for? We want to see a working security programme.”
In response, Senator Marafa Kabir said: “Even if the herdsmen are the ones killing fellow Hausas, we should give them the names they deserve and not identify them by religion or tribe as this causes division. Let the Federal Government stand up to these people.”
Senator Emmanuel Bwacha: “People are dying in their numbers, judgement is waiting for everybody if we don’t take this matter seriously.”
Senator Ben Murray Bruce in his opinion said: “There is a complete failure in leadership. Some bandits use weapons from the army, navy to attack civilians. I am worried about the security of our nation and our people.”
Senator James Manager opined: “With the way we are conducting ourselves, it is guaranteed that democracy will not survive. Pay attention to Nigeria” – Senator @benmurraybruce “We are getting tired of rising up to observe a minute silence for lost lives. These killings have to end, we need to end these crises.”
At length, the Senate resolved to do the following: urge President Muhammadu Buhari to order the armed forces and other security personnel to come to the aid of Nigerians and restore peace throughout the country and mandate the House's ad-hoc committee on the review of the security infrastructure to investigate security-related issues.
Meanwhile NAIJ.com reported that the Taraba government had said that it no longer had confidence in the federal government security apparatus deployed to the state.
The government's position was made known by the senior special adviser to the Taraba state governor on media and publicity, Dan Bala Abu who spoke to journalists on Friday, March 30.
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