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Published On: Wed, Jul 17th, 2019

9th Senate mulls National Security Summit again

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By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu

Barring last minute change of mind, the 9th Senate will soon convene a National Security Summit, just few years after the 8th Senate led by senator Bukola Saraki spent millions of naira to hold the same National Security Summit at NAF Conference Center in Abuja, over the killings across the country.
Senate said the national security summit will tackle the rising spate of killings and general worsening state of insecurity in the country.
Following a debate on a point of order raised by Senator Ayo Akinyelure (PDP Ondo Central) on the gruesome murder of Funke Olakunrin, who is the daughter of the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti by unknown gunmen.
Akinyelure has drawn the attention of his colleagues to the state of insecurity in the nation which has claimed many lives including that of Mrs. Olakunrin who was killed by armed gang at Kajola on the Benin-Ore-Sagamu Road on July 12.
After debate on the motion, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who described the situation as unfortunate, said “The situation in the country is perverse. Every part of the country has one story or the other to tell on the situation. It is the duty of the Senate to hold an all inclusive national summit on security.
“The executive arm should also be involved because we have to work together to address the situation. The various intervention at the end of the day will bring the desired results. “
“Some of our colleagues in their presentations suggested the convocation of a robust security summit on the security situation of the country. The national committee on security will address the situation”.
Akinyelure had lamented the deplorable state of insecurity in the country leading to the kidnapping and killing of innocent citizens by some criminals on the major highways.
He noted with concern that the rising level of insecurity along the Ife-Ilesha-Akure Road, Kaduna-Abuja expressway, Akure-Owo- Ikare- Okene Road, Akure-Ikere EKiti Road, some parts of Edo State and other major highways in the eastern part of the country as widely reported in the media.
“Despite the assurances received from the security agencies, that they are on top of the situation, the existing security measures in place has not satisfactorily address the security challenges in many parts of the country”, he said.
Similarly, Senator Tolu Odebiyi (APC Ogun West) while seconding the motion said the Senate must not fold its arms and watch Nigerians lose their lives daily either to kidnappers or to bandits but must immediately demand an action from necessary authorities to end the menace.
He said, “Nigeria cannot get it right as a nation if the issue of insecurity is not tackled. Just last week, the headquarters of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement has been taken to Ghana and this has a major economic impact on our nation.
“These are the implications of what happens when a nation fails to get its security situation right. We are mourning daily as innocent lives are being taken and the government is not doing about it.”
The Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Ajayi Borrofice, cautioned Nigerians against targeting a particular group as the perpetrators of the heinous act which he argued was not a targeted killing but a chance occurrence which can happen to anybody.
He said, “What I don’t want to subscribe to is to say that the act was perpetrated by a particular group or people. From the various reports that we have received in this chamber, Igbo have been killed, Hausa have been killed, Fulani have been killed and Yoruba have been killed also.
“We must therefore not succumb to the insinuations that what is happening in Nigeria is being perpetrated by a particular ethnic group, The perpetrators of a kidnap incident in Ondo State recently were indigenes of the state.”

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