7 February 2018

Nigeria: Insecurity - End Killings, Don't Lose Grip, Sani Tells Buhari

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Disturbed by the persistent killings in the country, Senator Shehu Sani (APC Kaduna Central) urged President Muhammadu Buhari to end this heinous killings.

Sani alleged that the federal government has seemingly lost control of security, especially in the protection of lives and property of Nigerians.

Senator Sani, who spoke under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rule on matter of urgent national importance at the plenary, raised the alarm that armed bandits have taken over Birnin-Gwari local government area of Kaduna State.

According to him, Birnin-Bwari which borders Niger and Zamfara States has been under siege in the last two years by armed bandits, with many people either killed or abducted, villages sacked, farming occupation stopped.

He described the incessant killings as a manifestation that President Buhari was losing grip of governance, just as he took a swipe at those he described as opportunists in the Villa, who lamented have refused in telling Nigerians the truth that Buhari was failing in governing the nation.

He said members of the executive should tell people the truth, put politics aside and save Nigerians from being killed by the armed bandits, adding that "at the moment, we are living in self-denial where we cannot tell ourselves the truth against the backdrop that people are now buried in politics".

The lawmaker therefore called on the government to ensure permanent military presence in Birni-Gwari and Chikun local government councils in Kaduna State.

"I have an issue in a local government in one of my constituency; it is called Birnin-Gwari local government. This local government borders on the states of Zamfara, Kebbi, and Niger States. This local government in the last two to three years has been under siege of armed herdsmen and bandits.

"The bandits have made life intolerable to the people of that part of the state. Many villages in this local government have been sacked, farmers don't go to their farms nowadays, many of the citizens reside in that local government are now in the capital. Of concern is the fact that killings and abduction have begun a daily affair, it is one issue that not been able to get the national attention of the global spotlight.

"Just few days ago, about seven persons were killed, and continually the killings have been so on a daily basis that even the media, don't take much time to give it a space in their pages of newspapers. I am deeply concerned that the government is losing the grip that we cannot guarantee the safety of lives and properties in this country, and I think we have lost the essence of our being in government", he stressed.

In his remarks, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu who presided called on the federal government to step up in the protection of lives and property, even as he urged the government to do sometime about the massive killings across the country.

He said: "Let me on behalf of this Senate send our deep condolences to those who lost their lives in the incident that happened in those local governments of your state.

"For two to three weeks running, Senator Marafa has been raising this issue regarding Zamfara, and it appears to me that the same forest he is talking about extends all the way to Kaduna, Niger and Kebbi States. So, I think it is time for government to do something about it.

"As parliamentarians and representatives of the people, it is our responsibility to continuously call the attention of government to some of these things. The issue of the monopoly of force should be that of state but today, the non-state actors have now taken over the issue of violence which is very regrettable.

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