Borno massacre: It’s time we start implementing what we say, Senator La’ah charges Senate
The Senate has again called on President Muhammadu Buhari to remove the Service Chiefs and replace them with younger people with fresh ideas and solutions. Part of the resolutions the house proffered was the restructuring and remodeling of the entire security architecture and investigation of allegations on the widespread corruption and leakages within the security architecture.
The verdict was reached following deliberation on the motion sponsored by the former Borno State Governor and Senator representing Borno Central, Senator Kashim Shettima. Senator Shettima, while arguing his motion said the attack on farmers is deliberately being orchestrated to destroy the economy of the poor people and wonder how the Nigerian military will continue to use the same tactics that overtime have not produced any result.
The former governor also claimed that 67 farmers were killed in the attack. He pointed out that President Buhari and the Service Chiefs must take responsibility for the failure which led to these killings especially as they have the constitutional mandate to secure lives and property and ensure the welfare of the people, in the face of which these insecurity situations have continued. “The Senate further observes that whatever it is that the military is doing and is not working and if the President thinks that the security men are doing their jobs very well, then the logical implication of such assumption is that the president, as the constitutional Commander in Chief of the country, has failed in his most rudimentary assignment of securing the country. “I hope this was not the case and I fervently believed that this is not the case.
I believe that the president has good intentions for the nation a good heart and is committed. “We cannot as a nation move forward until the lives of all Nigerians is protected and secured as the primary objective of the government is the security and protection of its citizens. “Protecting the lives and property of citizens is the primary responsibility of government and any government that cannot discharge this obligation loses any iota of legitimacy,” the Senate said. Similarly, Senator Ahmed Keita said the military funding must be investigated and if this matter is not addressed, there may be another massacre and round of mourning in the future.
Keita said a similar situation played out in Katsina where over 38 persons were killed randomly in various communities, underscoring the need for action as other cases of violent killing in the country. Keita said while he is convinced that the president is doing his best, such best efforts do not translate to a tangible result of public safety. “I believe that the president is doing his own best. But his own best is not enough when you cannot see the result on the ground, this is what is happening.”
The Senate, however, recommends the recruitment of 10,000 civilian JTF to complement the efforts of the armed forces and explore a multilateral partnership with Niger, Chad, and Cameroon. Senator Ali Ndume in his contribution to the debate lamented that the national budget is woefully inadequate and soldiers do not have enough arms and ammunition. He said he has observed in the course of visiting military formations soldiers sharing arms and ammunition. He also claims that he has not seen any soldier wielding a brand new AK47 rifle. Senator Ndume suggested that Nigeria should explore the use of mercenaries to assist in fighting Boko Haram.