The Senate has indicted the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of insecurity in the country, saying that his cabinet members and service chiefs have failed in their responsibility to protect the life and property of Nigerians amid onslaught by foreign militias.
The Senate while debating on the position of the country, submitted that of the service chiefs must be relieved of their duties, adding that their presence is irrelevant.
Senator Shuaibu Lau (PDP, Taraba North) raised a motion to draw the attention of the Federal Government to the activities of militia groups in Taraba area. Senator Ben Murray Bruce (PDP, Bayelsa State) rose swiftly in support, calling on the executive arm of government to perform effectively its function of protecting Nigerians.
According to Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara Central) armed foreign militia groups now control my state, administering justice in the place of emirs and traditional rulers.“In my town, they are the ones that judge between people. The people no longer go to the local authorities. They do not go to the police. If there is a problem, they go to the bush and tell these people, ‘I have a problem with somebody’. This is a national emergency. In all the local governments, this is the truth of the matter.”
Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP, Taraba South) called on the Federal Government to checkmate the killings by the herdsmen. Addressing the position of The Minister of Defence, he submitted ‘’If the cabinet is incompetent, then we should fire them. ‘’It is as if we are in Liberia or Cameroun. The executive should speak and explain to Nigerians what is happening in this country.”