OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives has urged the government to commence negotiations for the safe release of Boko Haram’s remaining abductees, following Hauwa Leman’s tragic death.
This decision followed the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance moved by John Okafor (APC, Imo) entitled: “The tragic execution of voluntary health workers, Saifura Khorsa and Hauwa Leman by Boko Haram sect and the urgent need to rescue the remaining health worker, Alice Loksha in captivity.”
Presenting the motion, Okafor explained that the two voluntary health workers with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were abducted on the 1st of March this year.
He disclosed that as soon as the news got to the federal government, official channels of negotiations were opened in an attempt to reason with the insurgents and free the captives.
He stated that Alice Loksha, Leah Sharibu and other students from Dapchi are still in captivity and now, the insurgents are threatening to use them as slaves.
While speaking on the motion, Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers) berated the current administration for failing to protect the people of the country, despite sitting their entire campaigning on this issue.
“Security is one area we have discussed [about] the most, and we can agree that this administration lacks the capacity to meet up.
“When Boko Haram started, we had debate on the floor of this House, but some members were shying away from it. In August 2014, el-Rufai said that the government haven’t failed to protect Nigerians should resign, I support him that President Buhari should resign,” he declared.
The House also urged the federal government to collaborate with other countries to acquire advance technology for terrorism intelligence as well as full imagery devices that can help in the fight against terrorism.