David Mark returns to senate, urges government dialogue with Boko Haram

The senate president, David Mark, has returned to lead in full at the senate after weeks of absence spent in an Israeli hospital treating an undisclosed ailment.
 
Mr. Mark, who returned to the country since last week, spent over a week convalescing in his Apo mansion where friends and well-wishers trooped to wish him quick recovery.
 
“I am happy to be back,” he said.
 
Boko Haram
The senate president, in his usual style, used the opportunity to address the executives, his colleagues and the entire nation.
 
“The current level of insecurity in the country is unacceptable and something must be done to improve it and very quickly too,” the senate president said, apparently referring to the Executive arm of government, whose response to the security crises has largely been unsatisfactory.
 
“Clearly, the terrorists have declared war on Nigeria and Nigerians,” the senate president said.
 
From his viewpoint, the escalating acts of terror threaten Nigeria’s unity and challenge the very human values Nigerians believe in.
 
“This is the time for concerted action by all Nigerians,” Mr. Mark said.
 
“The primary responsibility of tackling this challenge lies with the government but that notwithstanding, we all have roles to play.”
 
Since August 2009 when the Boko Haram terrorist sect first launched attacks on the Nigerian state, over 1,000 Nigerians have been killed. Their targets were mainly state properties, churches and banks in the northern part of Nigeria. Recently, however, the sect has added media houses and tertiary institutions to their list of targets.
 
The Nigerian state and its security agencies have in most cases appeared to be steps behind the attackers.
 
“Let me also say without mincing words that the security agencies must intensify their pre-operational responsibilities, roles and actions and improve their operational capabilities,” the senate president said.
 
“Their major task must be to thwart and prevent these bombings.”
 
Fueling corruption
The senate president blamed his colleagues for helping fuel the corruption which is ruining Nigeria’s economy and international reputation.
 
He said his colleagues have allowed the system to go corrupt because of their laziness in playing their oversight role over the government.
 
“Let me use this opportunity to state unequivocally that we must improve on our oversight functions,” the senate president said.
 
“The inefficiency and corruption in the system, which the various investigation Committees have uncovered, could have been reasonably abated if we had carried out our oversight functions exhaustively and effectively.”
 
He said if his colleagues carried out their constitutional oversight functions effectively, some of the incidents of corruption in Nigeria could have either been stopped or reduced to the barest minimum

 

 


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  • KenMani

    Aminu Tambuwaal the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani Speaker of the House of Representatives who deliberately and intentionally desecrated the Christian Sunday by holding a special session of the House on a Sunday to parley on fuel subsidy can no doubt get us the right results with Boko Haram even if it means holding 24hour House of Reps parley with Boko Haram every Sunday. I also suggest that the following should be included in the National Assembly lead team: 1. Hon. Farouk Lawal 2. Senator Sani Ahmed Yerima 3. Hon. Emmanuel Jime, a well known modern day slave of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani. If fuel subsidy which never really threatened the corporate existence of Nigeria is so important that it attracted 100% attention of the National Assembly, why should Boko Haram that really threatens our corporate existence as a nation not attract over 1,000,000% attention of the National Assembly particularly when we all know that Boko Haram is purely a National Assembly matter? Constitutionally, the Presidency or call it the FG cannot parley with Boko Haram because the one and only fairly reasonable demand of Boko Haram is the Islamization of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States. This request is a huge gross violation of the constitution which the President had sworn to defend. Boko Haram matter is a very, very big one; fit only for the National Assembly especially as constitutional cover is required for dialogue of this kind or else we may invite a military coup. All that is needed is for the National Assembly to kick start talks to see if there are ways their request for the Islamization of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States can be accommodated in a negotiated constitutional framework acceptable to all interest groups in the country. Military onslaught against Boko Haram must be seen as a temporary measure to buy enough time for National Assembly dialogue and minimize the destructions and deaths occasioned by their attacks. Jonathan please be very much aware of the trap they have carefully laid out for you by asking you to parley with Boko Haram whose only demand is the Islamization of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States; a demand that grossly violates the Nigerian constitution that you have sworn to defend as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and rises to the level of treason. The moment you begin discussions with Boko Haram their elements in the army will force a military coup claiming that you want to segregate the country along religious lines. Let the National Assembly parley with Boko Haram and fashion out a negotiated constitutional framework that takes their request into consideration and is acceptable to all interest groups in the country.

  • KenMani

    David Mark just doesn’t get it when he said “The primary responsibility of tackling this challenge lies with the government but that notwithstanding, we all have roles to play.” I beg to disagree. Methinks that the primary responsibility of tackling this challenge lies with the National Assembly. If fuel subsidy which never really threatened the corporate existence of Nigeria is so important that it attracted 100% attention of the National Assembly, why should Boko Haram that really threatens our corporate existence as a nation not attract over 1,000,000% attention of the National Assembly. The truth is that what Boko Haram are asking for is the Islamization of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States which lies in the realm of treason because it grossly violates the Nigerian constitution . The National Assembly is the only arm of government that can provide constitutional cover for dialogue of this kind. The Presidency cannot bear the primary responsibility of tackling a challenge whose outcome can alter the present and existing sovereignty of Nigeria.

  • CuriousNigerian

    I am curious. From the tone of his speech, I cannot understand why David Mark is developing cold feet on Boko Haram even before talks start at the National Assembly. His region is the most threatened even to the point of extinction by Boko Haram. When the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani saw an opportunity to incite a violent revolution and bring down Jonathan’s government over fuel subsidy, their Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani Speaker of the House of Representatives Alhaji Aminu Tambuwaal deliberately and intentionally went as far as desecrating the Christian Sunday by holding an unnecessary emergency session of the House on Sunday to galvanize support for their planned violent revolution. During the unnecessary emergency session of the House on that Sunday, Aminu Tambuwaal single handedly appointed and set up a House Committee on fuel subsidy led by his Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani brother Hon Farouk Lawan. Why can’t David Mark boldly lead sessions of the Senate on Boko Haram. I am just curious.