Insecurity: Nigerian lawmakers knock Buhari, want Monguno sacked


File Photo: National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno discussing with President Muhammadu Buhari at the start of the FEC Meeting on October 26, 2017

Members of the House of Representatives have blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for the frequent killings by bandits and terrorist groups in the country.

The members criticized the President on Wednesday in Abuja as they debated another set of two motions dealing with attacks by bandits and killer-herdsmen in Plateau and Benue States respectively over the weekend.

Bandits had invaded villages in Kanam Local Government Area of Plateau State on Sunday, killing scores of villagers and setting houses ablaze.

The worst-hit communities were said to be Gyanbahu, Kukawa, Karen and Dungur.

In Benue, at least 12 lives were lost and many houses destroyed when herdsmen attacked villagers in Gboko and Tarka local governments.

The member representing Pakshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency of Plateau state, Rep. Yusuf Gagdi, and his counterpart from Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency of Benue state, Rep. John Dyegh, moved separate motions to draw attention to the plight of the villagers in their respective constituencies.

However, the majority of members noted that cases of killings, now a daily occurrence, had cheapened the lives of Nigerians and would appear that security agencies and the government had lost total control of the situation.

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They said the bulk stopped at the President’s table and he must now take more decisive actions against criminal elements.

Despite the Federal government making it clear that hiring mercenaries is not an option, the lawmakers said the Buhari-led government should secure the services of mercenaries to supplement the efforts of security agencies in containing the situation.

The lawmakers also renewed their call on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the security sector.

Some of the lawmakers also moved for the sacking of National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.) immediately.

A key prayer, which was unanimously endorsed by the House, was to invoke Section 83 (1) of the 1999 Constitution to provide special funds, through a supplementary budget, to hire mercenaries in order to strengthen the anti-terror war.

The prayer was moved by the House Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Godwin Elumelu, and unanimously voted for at the session, which was presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Rep. Ahmed Idris Wase.

A prayer to declare a state of emergency on insecurity was also unanimously carried by the members, who complained that they were overwhelmed by the daily wailings of their constituents.

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