Senate, FG Clash On Security Of Lives And Property

Senate, FG Clash On Security Of Lives And Property

The Senate and the Federal Government have again clashed on issues bothering on security of lives and property, as lawmakers challenged the government to ensure it carries out its responsibilities.

By Abdul Ali Maha

The upper chamber of the National Assembly, the Senate, has charged the Federal Government to be more committed and proactive in securing lives and property of Nigerians.

Speaking during the Senate deliberations on the extra-judicial killings in Benue, Adamawa and other parts of the country by the activities of Fulani herdsmen, Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West senatorial District in the hallowed chamber decried lack of holistic commitment by the government of President Mohammadu Buhari to curb the excesses of Fulani herdsmen.

The outspoken Senator berated the efforts of the government and the security agencies saying that more is needed to be done to assuage the suffering and genocidal maiming and killing of innocent Nigerians.

“Cattle rearing is a personal business and must be treated as such,” Senator Melaye said. We cannot continue to allow the quantum killing of innocent Nigerians by some disgruntled few all in the name of doing their own business,” he said.

Senator Melaye who christened his submission as the voice of Nigerians in the wilderness of Nigeria calling for justice earlier warned that we live in a time where justice is the most sacred commodity and where the dispensation of justice has become as difficult as passing the camel through the needle’s eye. “What happened in Benue has shown that we live in a perilous time and vociferation.” This he said, distorts the provision of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria upon which the onus lies in a representative democracy such as Nigeria.

The lawmaker therefore called on the president, his vice and all other stakeholders including the National Assembly to stake their noses by ringing the bell of justice and bringing the culprits and the perpetrators of these wanton killings across the country to face the wrath of the law they have so violated and to also forestall further occurrences.

According to Senator Melaye, the FG has been severally inundated by volumes of reports of panels, commission of enquiries and special investigations from across the country, but it is most irresponsible on the side of the Federal Government that these reports have not been implemented.

He further disclosed that the Nigerian police had over times apprehended and paraded hoodlums, miscreants, criminals who have been terrorising our society, unfortunately justice has never prevailed in these cases, and these criminals find their ways back to the society to unleash more terror on the people. This he said is unacceptable. The law maker accused the Federal Government of treating security issues with kid gloves.

Finally, he concluded by demanding the Federal Government  to be more coordinated in finding lasting solutions to all the issues threatening our common security in the country and not lackadaisical approaches.

In a related development, Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa North Senatorial District) in his own submission said as much as he subscribes to a timely National Assembly intervention on the issues of genocide perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen in Benue, Adamawa and other security issues across the country, he will never support the outright condemnations of Mr. President’s laudable efforts geared towards nipping all security threats in the bud since his ascension to the most revered seat.

Senator Adamu condemned in totality the mud-slinging of President Muhammed Buhari by the law makers and other Nigerians just to score political points saying that, “we cannot preempt the efforts made by the president so far.”  The former governor frowned at his colleagues for calling for the head of the president and directing all manners of derogatory remarks at him. “While we must, as legislators try to fulfill our Legislative obligations in curbing the evolving, escalating and rampaging activities of the Fulani herdsmen, we must also learn to appreciate and encourage the president to do more” he said.

Ruling on the issue, the Senate president, Senator Bukola Saraki called on the president of the Federal republic of Nigeria to be more proactive in quelling the threats posed by the Fulani herdsmen and other terrorist organisations across the country. He therefore passed a vote of confidence on the presidency and urged Mr. President to beef-up efforts in addressing all security challenges.

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