Senate to service chiefs: Perform or go


Nigeria’s senate president Ahmed Lawan has expressed displeasure over the incessant killings and destruction of properties by bandits across the country and says those responsible for securing lives and property should either live up to expectation or be shown the way out.

It would be recalled that over the last few months, the rate of insecurity in the country especially in northern Nigeria had taken an alarming turn which prompted for an emergency meeting between the senate president and President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday.

President Buhari had himself last week while hosting the service chiefs at the presidential villa queried them for the unending insecurity in the land and vividly expressed his disappointment on the frightening dimension the issue was taking.

While briefing newsmen after the meeting, Senator Lawan said the country is facing very deep and serious security challenges and his visit was to discuss with the president what should be done to improve the security situation in the country.

we believe that the senate and indeed the National Assembly is positively disposed to receiving even supplementary budget purposely to address the fundamental needs of the security agencies of our country so that we are able to empower them, enable them to fight the Boko Haram in the North East, banditry and other security challenges across the country.

“Secondly, in the senate, we believe we need to provide more resources for recruitment by the security agencies: Army, the Navy, Air Force, Police, immigration, the paramilitary generally. “We need to have more manpower or personnel and this is not something you get on platter of gold. “Whoever wants to make an omelette will break an egg.

“Section 14 subsection 2b of the constitution of the Federal Republic Nigeria is very categorical and crystal clear, that the purpose of government shall be to provide for security and welfare of the people. “Therefore, we must, we have no luxury of any option other than to address the security challenges more than any other thing.

“We provided for N500 billion intervention for COVID for the revised budget, and various agencies, the CBN, the NNPC and the IOCs provided for palliatives and some kind of interventions for the COVID challenge. “I think we must tell ourselves the truth, that the security situation in the country especially in the northern part of the country, require that we give much more resources to the security agencies.”

Lawan said those heading these agencies especially the service chiefs, must sit up, and must in fact have milestones and timelines on how the country is  going to deal with the situation.

 “We can’t just go on without any time frame for dealing with these issues.

“If after we provide some support and someone is found short of expectations, he should be shown the way out if he refuses to go. Because the lives of Nigerians are so precious and therefore must be more important than any other considerations or sentiments. I believe that today, the most essential thing in government is to address the security challenges”, he said.

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