Nigerian lawmakers to meet Buhari over worsening security situation

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The House of Representatives on Thursday said its leadership would meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the ongoing violence in Southern Kaduna.

The lawmakers also lashed out at security agencies for failing to live up to their calling.

The House’s position followed a motion of urgent national importance raised by Simon Arabo, a lawmaker from Kauru Federal Constituency where renewed attacks reportedly killed no fewer than 100 people within the past week.

Mr. Arabo also requested that a national conference be convened by the parliament to address the lingering clashes in different parts of the country.

Following contributions from all lawmakers who unanimously backed Mr. Arabo, Speaker Yakubu Dogara ruled that the motion was approved.

Mr. Dogara also called on the security agencies to live up to their responsibility.

The House resolution came amid clashes between herdsmen and residents across Southern Kaduna.

On Wednesday, the Senate summoned the Inspector-General of Police to appear for questioning over the crisis. Governor Nasir El-Rufai paid a visit to the hostile settlements last week and sued for peace.


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  • thusspokez

    The House of Representatives on Thursday said its leadership would meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the ongoing violence in Southern Kaduna.

    These lawmakers forget that like the President, they are one arm of what is called the Government of Nigeria. This means that they can meet directly with the heads of the law enforcement agencies responsible for keeping the peace in Kaduna and demand solutions. How often does Buhari call for meetings with them when troubles surface in the county?

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Civilized negotiations end disputes permanently while brute force and imprisonments escalate them.

  • Jerry Marok

    Really sad when these killings are described as clashes between herders and farmers. How does is it amount to a clash when some blood suckers go to kill innocent women and children in the night without provocation and that is described as “clashes”. Call it what it is – genocide, annihilation, murder, ethnic cleansing and nothing else.

  • Otile

    May Beelzebub their god bring more beheadings to the people of Sudaniyya. Why are they still haboring killer Yakubu Gowon, don’t they know that blood must have blood? Mutane banza.

  • Decimator

    Ever becoming clearer that there is no Nation called Nigeria.

  • Gary

    About time too. The NASS has been derelict in its duty in safeguarding the rights of the Nigerian people to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
    The Police, under the new IGP, has now joined in the deadly repression and persecution of the Shiites by the dominant Sunnis determined to wipe out the sect.
    The security agencies have done nothing to protect the mostly Christian communities of Southern Kaduna and the Middle Belt from a campaign of ethnic-cleansing to take over their lands by Fulani herdsmen. The same Police have done nothing to stop the abduction of underage Christian girls and forcibly marrying them by Moslem perverts.
    Nigeria is supposedly in a civilian democracy but our legislators have allowed the Buhari Executive to turn it into a quasi-military state. The Army is fighting a counter-insurgency war and at the same time involved in civil policing in no less than 25 states. All with very little to show for it.
    The civil agencies like the DSS and EFCC are operating like rogue military outfits with no civilian oversight to curb their disregard for the rule of law and due process for suspects.

    Then everyone sheepishly goes to Aso Rock to seek audience with the President and beg for his attention as if he’s an Emperor rather than just the head of one branch of the government.
    Decades of military rule have robbed our public officials of the tenets of a constitutional democracy. And the people are paying for it with their lives and liberties.