The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to take full control of the security situation in Nigeria.

Dr. Saraki spoke in relation to the crisis in Zamfara, with a reminder to President Buhari on what happened in 2014 when Goodluck Jonathan was still the President of Nigeria.

At least 17 persons were killed in a community in Zamfara State. 

In a statement, the Senate President said: "We should look at the Zamfara killings as a major threat to our democracy — particularly as we move towards the general elections in the next 50 days.

"We should not allow criminal elements to take over parts of our country".

He emphasised the need for Nigeria to overhaul its security system.

"The situation in Zamfara State is an example of why we need to overhaul our security architecture in order to bring it to a state where it can effectively tackle emerging threats and challenges".

"There is need for proper profiling of the situation in Zamfara so that we can know whether it is cattle rustling; vicious armed robbery on a large scale; a religious/ethnic crisis; or, an invasion by foreign forces.

"Our security agencies must immediately come out with a proper understanding of the situation, the right strategy and deployment of the necessary troops to tackle the menace. 

"Within the next few days, we must send strong signals to the criminals in Zamfara State that Nigeria will no longer tolerate the on-going bloodletting," the Senate President stressed. 

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Dr. Saraki recalled that it was a similar situation in 2014 prior to the general election of 2015, and stressed that the same way demands were placed on former President Jonathan to end the bloodshed, demand should also be on the President to act as the one in control of the Armed Forces. 

"Mr President has to take full & direct control. Mr President must widen the consultation within the armed forces on the search for solutions to the Zamfara killings. He must go beyond the first line military top brass. We need to get ideas from more sources than we presently do. 

"In 2014, I remember that President Jonathan was told: “You control the Armed Forces and you are the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, why should any part of the country be under occupation by criminals.” Why should we not apply the same logic to the occurrence in Zamfara? 

"Just as we also flayed the pre-2015 government, the situation in Zamfara presents a picture of the government denying the citizens their fundamental rights to life and rights to own property. The government must correct this by stopping the carnage in Zamfara immediately," he added. 

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