BATTLE LINE! Speaker Dogara Call Out President Buhari Over Zamfara Killings, Gives Him Marching Orders

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Killings and Kidnapping is one of the national security issue that has never been curtailed by the security agencies in the country.

However, the issue of kidnapping and killings in the Northern part of the country has become a full blown issue.

The debate within the two chambers in the National Assembly this week has been focused on these security issue with that of Zamfara being used as a reference point that it needs to be nipped at the bud.

Also, President Muhammadu Buhari met with Security Chiefs yesterday and gave them direct orders to restore peace to the states and communities where bandit activities are prominent.

Two days ago, the Nigerian Senate set aside several billions of Naira in the 2019 budget to serve as intervention fund for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by bandit activities in Zamfara and other states.

Following same spirit, the House of Representatives has also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before it and address Nigerians on the spate of insecurity across the country.

The lower chamber of the National Assembly said failure by the President to explain the issues raised by the legislative house would confirm the opinion of Nigerians that the administration had failed in its responsibility to protect lives and property.

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This is part of the resolutions passed at the plenary when the lawmakers unanimously adopted a motion moved by Mark Gbillah, lawmaker representing Gwer-East/Gwer-West Federal Constituency in Benue State.

The motion was entitled, ‘Resurgence of the incessant and annual massacre of innocent Nigerians across the country by alleged bandits and killer herdsmen, the gradual occupation of affected communities by these attackers and the lack of adequate rehabilitation and relief materials.’

Adopting the motion, which was not debated, the lawmakers resolved to “request that the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to address the House and the entire nation within 48 hours.”

Buhari is expected to make some explanations to Nigerians on “his inability and the inability of his administration, since inception, to declare the killer herdsmen as terrorists, to enable the Armed Forces to take commensurate action against them.

“The inability of the Armed Forces under his watch to stop the recurring death of scores of innocent Nigerians annually from systemic attacks by killer herdsmen and alleged bandits, and the gradual occupation of the affected communities by these herdsmen despite countless assurances and statements by him, promising to stop these attacks.

“His selective and ineffective responses to the killing of Nigerians by herdsmen, especially when they occur in certain parts of the country like Benue State.

“The immediate measures he intends to employ as the Commander-in-Chief to provide the Armed Forces, including the police, with the required resources (equipment and welfare, etc) to confront and dislodge the killer herdsmen from their known hideouts, establishment of permanent presence in immediate proximity to affected communities and provide a timeline within which these attacks by killer herdsmen and alleged bandits will be curtailed, so Nigerians can return to their ancestral homes and means of livelihood.”

The House further resolved to constitute an ad hoc committee to interface with the Presidency regarding the queries, while it would engage with the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Chief of Defence Staff and service chiefs, state governments and relevant stakeholders.

The engagement, the lawmakers resolved, would be done “in a public hearing to determine permanent solutions to the killing of innocent Nigerians by killer herdsmen and alleged bandits, including the complicity of any Nigerian or group in the perpetration of these killings and land grabbing.”