Senators took turns to lament the security situation in the country dying Tuesday’s plenary as they debated state of insecurity in the country.
Senator Sani Musa had cited Order 42 and 52 to seek the leave of the Senate to present a motion on the activities of bandits and Boko Haram terrorists in Shiroro and Rafi Local Government Areas of Niger State which has taken a dangerous dimension.
While joining the debate, the senators lamented the security situation, without necessarily proffering any solution.
These is what the senators said during the session:
“This issue is not just Niger, it is all over the country. My observation is what is so wrong in our system that makes us not to respect early warning signals?” – Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi.
” That is where my concern is. We need to have a private session with the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of this country to find a lasting solution to this huge national embarrassment.” – Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi.
“What we are witnessing is internal insurrection that is snowballing into the case of a war.”– Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi.
“As at today the Nigeria Police is incapable of securing the country. It is also important that we need to come up with a martial plan to address this issue of insecurity in Nigeria.” – Senator Ajibola Basiru.
“The Executive has shown clear incompetence of handling this security issue. Let us do the needful. Let us seriously sit down with Mr. President as a house to show the seriousness of what we have found ourselves in.” – Senator Gabriel Suswam.
“I believe we are all tired coming here to talk about insecurity, kidnapping and all the sort. We are where we must now bring out all our arsenals and use on insecurity. There is no political will to handle insecurity.” – Senator Biodun Olujimi.
“Insecurity is a serious problem today in Nigeria and there comes a time we cannot but speak the truth. Today, all of us have been threatened. We need not run away from the fact that this is the worst instability we are facing.
“In fact, this is worse than the civil war. The answer is very simple. We cannot pretend that we are capable of confronting the issues we are facing. Let us shout and call for foreign support.” – Senator Smart Adeyemi.
“Mr. President should rise and take leadership and do what he has to do including leading in the area of fundamental constitutional reform.” – Senator Seriake Dickson.
The Senate thereafter resolved to call on the Chief of Defense Staff, Chief of Army Staff and the Inspector General of Police to immediately deploy troops to defend high troubled place and bring back security to the affected communities.
They also resolved to invite the Chief of Army Staff and other Commanders to have a close session with the Senate so that they can feel their pulse and get feedback from them.