OrderPaperToday – The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, said deadly terror group, Boko Haram has metamorphosised to an industry where people of different faiths and nationalities are participating.
Lawan stated this while reacting to a motion moved by Abubakar Kyari (APC, Borno) and two others during plenary on recent deadly attack in Borno State.
He also announced that he will be meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari alongside his counterpart in the House, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.
According to Lawan, the leaders of the National Assembly will meet with Mr. President to discuss security challenges arising from the activities of boko haram and bandits in parts of the country.
“Boko Haram has metamorphosed from a group of religious zealots into an industry. It is an industry because what they do is not religious. They have people from different faiths and countries who are part of Boko Haram.
“This Senate passed so many resolutions including the reports of the various Ad-Hoc Committees we set up on Security but the problem persists.”
“I don’t want to say meeting the President is something that we have to reveal if we do, but of course it is natural that issues like this will be of interest for us to discuss with the President, and we have been doing that.
“What is necessary is for us to persist. Our Armed Forces have their challenges, and therefore, we will continue to look at those challenges and try to address them.
“However, where anybody is found wanting, our stand should be that people should occupy offices based on their performance.
“There’s no point if somebody is not registering successes for such person to continue to be there, but that is if you give that person the necessary tools to fight. So, we should give them the necessary tools and then we hold them accountable.
“We will do that in addition to of course meeting Mr. President, it is not going to be the Senate President, I’ll make sure that I have my colleague in the House of Representatives because this is a national question”, Lawan said.
Following the adoption of the motion, the Senate resolved to urge the Federal Government to direct, as a matter of urgency, the Nigerian Armed Forces and relevant security agencies to beef up personnel and equipment deployment to critical areas especially in and around the Lake Chad shores in order to flush out the insurgents.
The Upper chamber also asked the Federal Government to direct the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the North East Development Commission (NEDC) to immediately send relief materials to the victims of these attacks.
The Senate also urged the Federal Government to immediately begin the implementation of the recommendations of the “Report of the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Nigeria Security Challenges: Need to Restructure, Review, and are-Organize the Current Security Architecture” as way of addressing the nations current security challenges.