Nigerian Senate President warns security chiefs
The Nigerian senate the upper house of the National Assembly is currently in a close door meeting with the security chiefs, this was announced Wednesday.
Security chiefs who were present at the senate grilling on the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria were, Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Lt.- Gen. Faruk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff; Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, and Chief Air Staff; Air Marshal Oladayo Amao.
Others are the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba; the Director-General of Department of State Services (DSS) Yusuf Bichi; the Commandant General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Audi and the Director General National Intelligence Agency (NIA); Ahmed Abubakar.
The National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno was at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa attending the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting when the closed door session was held at the Senate.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in his opening remarks said the security challenges had lingered and the Senate had hoped that the situation would have been better.
“This session is to look into where we are today and this current position where we are is most frightening. This is like there is nowhere to go. We have to review what more we have to do and what differently we have to do.” Lawan said.
“Insecurity is everywhere and especially if it is coming to the point of dislocating the security situation where the government is quartered.” He added. To avoid criticism that the Federal Government was only interested in securing the federal capital Abuja, the Senate President noted that Nigerians living in the rural areas were bearing the brunt of insecurity.
“Our population is largely peasant. Most of our people are in the rural areas and they live their lives by going to farms. We all know this. In many parts of the country today, that is a herculean task. My belief is that we can do better to secure the rural areas, the so-called ungoverned space at least for our population who go to farms to earn their living.” He then warned that if the security challenges are not addressed in time hunger and poverty will increase.
“Where our agricultural productivity is drastically going down, that will complicate the security situation because the most ordinary Nigerian cares more about what he or she or what the family will eat. And of course, all other things are secondary.”
“We have problems with our economy to some extent because of insecurity. No foreign direct investment or not as much as we would ordinarily attract to our country. Our prayer is to start seeing serious, remarkable and dramatic changes from today.” He concluded saying the senate will look at new methodologies to combat insecurity during the meeting.
The Chief of Defence Staff General Lucky Irabor in response that the armed forces was trying to address and improve on their task of securing the nation.
“The commitment is there. No one is leaving any stone unturned in redressing all the imbalances within the security environment.” he responded.