OrderPaperToday – Senator Shehu Sani (PRP, Kaduna) has revealed that the worsening state of insecurity in the country is forcing citizens to migrate to the neighbouring Niger Republic as displaced persons.

He made the revelation after he raised a point of order during today’s plenary on a fresh case of kidnaping in his senatorial district.

According to him, “last Sunday, gunmen stormed a church in the outskirts, in my constituency and took away the Pastor and other worshippers; they have still not been traced. These are parts of the problems that we continually face but I must appreciate the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) for the raid on the hideouts of these criminals along Abuja-Kaduna [road] and weapons and ammunition that have been seized.

“Still, danger is living with us. Some issues will not go away by wishes; they will go only by action. In relation to that is what happened yesterday in Katsina state where there were gunmen attacks in three local governments and video clips of Nigerians moving towards Niger Republic as Internally Displaced Persons. This is the low we have become as a nation and I believe we should not get tired of bringing these issues (to the Senate)”

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Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank. Also, his writing on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.

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