Nigeria’s National Assembly are planning to shut down to help President Muhammadu Buhari find an end to the spate of killings by herdsmen and militias across the country.

There have been continued killings in Benue, Taraba and Plateau States among others, despite the recent visit of the Nigeria’s number one citizen.

Speaking while presiding over plenary on Tuesday, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu said, “As we have pointed out, the primary purpose of government anywhere in the world is the preservation of the lives of citizens.”

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“If we have nobody to represent, nobody will have a job here. So, security is more important than any other thing that we do here.

“If it gets to a level where we have to shut down this National Assembly and sit down with the executive for as long as it lasts to resolve the problem, we will have to do that.”

Ekweremadu was ruling on a motion moved by Senator Suleiman Adokwe (Nasarawa-South) over the continued killings in his senatorial district.

“Throughout the weekend to this moment, herdsmen have unleashed mayhem on the people of my senatorial district, leaving many dead bodies, numerous injured persons and hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons.

“The victims are largely the Tiv speaking ethnic nationalities, with a reported dead toll of 32 persons, and we are still counting.” Adokwe said.

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