A file picture of lawmakers on the Senate chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.
Members of the Senate on Tuesday referred to as for the supply of sufficient state-of-the-art weapons and gear to successfully fight the insurgents within the North East.
This shaped a part of the resolutions reached after a radical deliberation on nationwide safety, particularly because it pertains to the safety challenges within the area.
The lawmaker representing Borno Central, Senator Kashim Shettima, had cited Order 42 and 52 to hunt the depart of the Senate to maneuver a movement on the beheading of 67 farmers by Boko Haram insurgents.
The quantity given by the lawmaker is among the conflicting figures that trailed the incident which occurred on Saturday final week at Koshobe, a village in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.
While the navy mentioned it counted 43 our bodies, the Boko Haram terrorist group which claimed accountability for the killing put the demise toll at 78.
Recruit 10,000 JTF Memebrs
During Tuesday’s plenary on the Red Chamber of the National Assembly, the lawmakers took turns to contribute to the controversy which led to the adoption of 9 resolutions.
In no specific order, they resolved to impress on the Federal Government to urgently recruit a minimum of 10,000 members of the civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), in addition to huge recruitment of personnel into the military and police.
The lawmakers acknowledged that such recruits needs to be versatile with the native terrain in Borno and engaged as agro-rangers below the aegis of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), to enhance the efforts of the navy.
They requested President Muhammadu Buhari to right away provoke the transitionary strategy of phasing out the present ‘over-stayed’ safety chiefs and changing them with new ones with new concepts and options.
A file picture of troopers travelling in a truck.
The lawmakers urged him to take speedy steps to restructure, transform and revamp the nation’s total safety structure.
They additionally urged the President to right away provoke a probe into widespread allegations of corruption and leakages inside the safety construction.
The senators demanded that mechanisms be put in place to foster transparency and guarantee all sources meant and deployed for safety had been really spent on the wants on the bottom.
According to them, it’s important for the federal government to aggressively discover multilateral and bilateral choices of partnership with the neighbouring nations of Chad, Niger Republic, and Cameroon to revive and strengthen the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and discovering an enduring resolution to the scourge of insurgency within the Lake Chad area.
Time To Take New Blood
The lawmakers demanded provision of correct welfare for safety personnel combating within the frontlines and prime consideration to the compensation and welfare of fallen troopers, saying that might enhance the troops’ morale and assist their focus.
They resolved to direct the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and related authorities businesses to compensate the households of the farmers killed and supply succour and psychological assist to their households.
As a means of proffering long-term resolution to the nation’s existential safety challenges, the lawmakers careworn the necessity for the Federal and state governments to adequately tackle all speedy and distant causes of insecurity.
This, in line with them, should embody complete packages on schooling, employment and different social vices.
Among the lawmakers that contributed to the controversy was Senator Ahmed Baba-Kaita who acknowledged that it was now not acceptable to any Nigerian on the current safety state of affairs within the nation.
He added that the reason by the navy was now not acceptable, stressing that it was time for the Senate to critically have interaction the safety businesses.
A file picture of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, throughout plenary on the higher chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.
“If nothing is done, then we must be prepared for another mourning. Mr President is doing his best but if there is no result, then his best is not good enough,” Senator Baba-Kaita mentioned.
Senator Adamu Aliero, in his remarks, condemned the killing of harmless individuals who met their finish whereas making an attempt to make a residing.
He insisted that there was nowhere on the planet the place such an unsightly incident occurred, saying the killing of the farmers was the peak of insecurity.
“Mr President should have gone to Borno State to condole with the government and people of the state and not to send a delegation.
“It is now time to act. The Service Chiefs have outlived their usefulness. It is now time to take new blood,” the lawmaker acknowledged.
Enough Of Many Excuses!
On his half, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele urged his colleagues to face on present resolutions along with the prayers, with an emphasis on the decision to sack the service chiefs.
For Senator George Sekibo, the first perform of a authorities is to guard the individuals and the place that’s not the case, it quantities to a failure.
He mentioned, “Have we not failed? … We swore to this Constitution to protect lives and property. We have deprived Nigerians who want to farm of farming. We are crying about food shortage.
“The President is the Commander-In-Chief. If there is a failure in the military, it means the President is not doing enough. It is time we take the issue of community policing seriously.”
“If you take an Ijaw man to Borno State, and there is an attack, he or she will not know where to run to. Let us use those who know the work to do the work,” the lawmaker added.
The Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, counseled Senator Shetima for bringing the movement to the Senate.
He acknowledged that the National Assembly, significantly the Senate, has taken the problem of insecurity very critically urged the lawmakers to not get pissed off that nothing has occurred but.
“I believe that this is one set of resolutions that the Executive must find a way of quickly implementing them. Enough of many excuses!
“We are responsible to citizens and the first responsibility is to secure their lives. The security of Nigeria should take centre stage much more than anything else,” the lawmaker mentioned.
He added, “Let us secure the people first and no investment in security is too much, most especially when we are faced with insecurity.”