Herdsmen Killings: Senate Makes Demand From Buhari
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, is not in the country, but the Senate is making a demand from him on the unending killings in different communities by herdsmen.
While he is away in the United Kingdom attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government and Missions' meeting, the Legislature is raising concerns about the killings in different part of Nigeria.
Several lives have been lost this year to this inhumane attack on farm settlers by arms-carrying herdsmen.
This formed part of deliberations at the Senate’s plenary on Tuesday, April 18.
Senator Sulaiman Adokwe, who raised the issue, cited Order 42 and drew the attention of the Senate to the crisis in the Southern district of Nasarawa State by armed militia.
He claimed that armed militia were occupying four out of five Local Government Areas in the district.
"Several dead bodies and wounded individuals were found as a result of the crisis," Senator Adokwe told the Senators.
After he made his statements, other Senators began to contribute, and Senator Philip Gyunka described the killings as barbaric.
“This is disheartening, seeing people killed.
“Some people have been identified as the killers.
“We cannot fold our hands and do nothing about it. I urge the Federal Government to face up to these people” he stressed.
On his part, Senator Dino Melaye said: “I am disturbed that month after month, we are still talking about security infrastructure.
“If people keep dying, who are we reviving the economy for?
“We want to see a working security programme”.
For Senator Kabi Marafa, there is need for proper profiling of the perpetrators of the killings.
“Even if the herdsmen are the ones killing fellow Hausas, we should give them the names they deserve and not identify them by religion or tribe as this causes division.
Let the Executive Arm of government stand up to this,” Marafa stated.
Senator Emmanuel Bwacha believes that the situation is getting out of hand and could affect anyone if not curtained now.
“People are dying in their numbers, judgement is waiting for everybody if we don’t take this matter seriously,” he told his colleagues.
Other Senators, Ben Murray Bruce, Yusuf Yusuf, Sam Anyawu, Victor Umeh, Adeola Solomon and Oluremi Tinubu also contributed, with all of them demanding that more efforts should be made to check the activities of the militia groups killing people in different states within Nigeria's north-central region and beyond.
After the contributions, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, emphasised the need for the Senate to resolve the security issue in the country.
''We are representatives of the people,” he remanded the Senators.
“The prime purpose of Government is to protect lives and property of its citizens.
“We will never be tired of speaking on this until it stops. We are united in condemning the killings after all the contributions made,” the Deputy Senate President stated.
At the end of the deliberations, the Senate resolved to observe a minute silence in honour of 32 lives lost so far and then urged President Buhari to direct the armed forces and other security operatives to come to the aid of the citizens and restore normalcy all over Nigeria.
The Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on the review of the security infrastructure in Nigeria was also mandated to investigate the matter.