Nigeria's senate

The Nigerian Senate said on Tuesday the killings by suspected herdsmen going on in some part of the country are assuming an alarming proportion and very disturbing.

Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy President of the Senate, who made this known in Abuja, said the senate must rise to the occasion by saying “enough is enough.”

“I don’t expect us to sit down here and not do anything. Nigerians expect us not only to say something but do something,” he added.

“I believe that the recommendations of the Senate Leader would be of great help in addressing these problems,” he said.

He stressed the need for social contract which hinged on security and welfare of the citizenry.

In his remarks, President of the Senate Bukola Saraki, said the Senate’s debate on the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Benue and other states had shown that it was not religion-based.

“It was a breakdown of law and order in that part of the country,” he added.

“In the next 14 days, the Inspector General of Police must find the perpetrators, arrest them, and the Attorney General of Benue State must prosecute them. That is the minimum requirement and it must happen,” he said.

“Our resolution is that some of our discussions here need to be conveyed to the President. We appreciate his actions for calling us and giving us a brief on what has happened. Hence, we owe it to him to tell him what we have discussed and the seriousness with which we have taken the issue,” Saraki told his audience.

“It is a wake up call for him and it is a wake up call for us. It is a wake up call for this government,” he added. Enditem


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