With the rising level of insecurity in the country, some members of the House of Representatives are threatening to shut down the National Assembly.
The aim of this shut down, according to the reps, is to force President Muhammadu Buhari, to wake up to his responsibility of ensuring protection of life and property in Nigeria.
That’s not all! A lawmaker also called for the resignation or sacking of the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno. He added that the Major-General should have been sacked alongside the last set of service chiefs.
On Thursday, the House cut its plenary short following an emotional debate about the growing insecurity in the country. Shehu Balarabe, representing Birnin Gwari/Giwa constituency in Kaduna moved a motion of urgent public importance on the killings in Kaduna.
Alhassan Doguwa, the majority leader of the National Assembly said,
“You can see how this chamber is thrown into disquiet and into an emotionally-disturbed manner. When you have a government in place, the major responsibility of that government, especially a democratic one which was elected by the people, is to ensure safety of lives and properties of its innocent citizens.”
“When things like this continue, and continue on a daily basis, those of us who are representatives of the government will become speechless. I have to repeat: we become speechless in the discharge of our duties here to defend actions by the government.”
“This is an elected government under a popular democracy but we continue, day in day out… killings, massacre, banditry, armed robbery left, right, and centre. This is just a report of one local government area out of the 774 of the federation.”
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The majority leader described the situation as an “institutional failure”. Calling it a“regimented failure on the part of our security agencies because you have no cause to even excuse any one of them.”
Hon. Aminu Suleiman representing the Fagge constituency in Kano said the situation “is going beyond the control of our security agencies”. He added that that nobody can explain “this clear case of what I will call ineptitude – absolute ineptitude.”
“If our resolutions cannot work, is it not possible to close this chamber and join ASUU, and say ‘we are not resuming here until the Commander-in-Chief (of the Armed Forces) performs his duty? I am not directly accusing him but the buck stops at the table of the Commander-in-Chief. If there is success, he will be the first to take the glory. Now that there is complete failure, the Commander-in-Chief must take responsibility.”