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Nigeria fighting Boko Haram with kids’ gloves – Senator

…Our security architecture has failed -Smart Adeyemi
By Andy Asemota
The Senate Tuesday tasked the executive arm of government on a supplementary budget for additional resources to fight raging insecurity in the country.

The resolution followed a motion sponsored by Senator Sani Musa (Niger East, APC) on the activities of rampaging bandits and members of Boko Haram that had laid siege to several local government areas across the state and hoisted the flag of the terrorist sect in many communities in Niger already.


The Upper Chamber also summoned the Service Chiefs, the Director-General of DIA, the minister of defense and his foreign affairs counterpart to brief the senators on the widespread fears that the country had been on gradual slid into a very serious insecurity situation and the implications for Nigeria of the death of Chadian President in the battle against terrorists in the neighboring nation.

The lawmakers further resolved that the much-needed supplementary budget would not only appropriate funds for procurement of arms and ammunitions but also the recruitment of additional manpower for the military and security forces.

“They are going to be expensive but it is an investment that is worthwhile. There is no better investment in our country today than securing the property and lives of citizens. That is our legitimacy and function,” the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who presided over the Red Chamber declared.

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Lawan, who assured that the senate would continue to identify with security and military forces, lamented that they were fighting the ongoing war with very limited resources and losing many of their officers and men regularly.

Earlier, Senator Sani Musa warned that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja would not continue to be safe haven for anyone if the terrorists that had displaced about 5600 persons in villages and communities in Niger State were not dislodged immediately.

Supporting the motion, his Niger South counterpart, Senator Bima Enagi, stressed that the Federal Government was handling the malaise with kids’ gloves despite the signals that the situation was getting out of hand.

In his contribution, former deputy senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West, PDP), express regret that the situation was not irreversible as examples of other nations had shown but Federal Government had not taken it seriously. He said: “We have come to a point to decide whether to shut down government or not; any government that cannot protect its citizens has lost its legitimacy. Niger State should be shut down to deal with the situation seriously. Maybe we should shut down the senate and meet in executive session.”

Senator Smart Adeyemi (Kogi West, APC), who could not hide his emotion as he fought back tears while lamenting that the country is on fire, said: “It has come to a point we cannot sleep with two eyes closed. Our security system has failed; the security architecture cannot cope with the insecurity we are facing. Our country is bleeding and we must not pretend.”

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