..senators call for more action and less words

OrderPaperToday– President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has called for a better structure and architecture for security agencies to provide the necessary protection of lives and properties in the country, saying non-performers should be fired.

Speaking during a debate on the recent massacre of about 30 innocent Nigerians in Auno, Borno State, he noted that the security architecture as presently constituted and designed is simply not giving the desired outcome and asked that governance be treated like business.

“In business, if targets are not met without an appropriate reason or explanation, the person concerned should be sacked,” he stated.

Recall that during a debate on security last week, the senators called for the sack of service chiefs due to incompetence in handling the spate of insecurity across the country and the expiration of their tenure.

Lawan stated while reacting to a point of order raised on Thursday by Senator Kashim Shettima (APC, Borno) on Auno killings, “I want to assure all of us here that we are on the same page with the executive arm of government and everyone is worried. I believe that we are all agreed that the security architecture as presently constituted and designed is simply not giving the outcome we want and we need. Going forward, we have to find a better structure and architecture for our security to provide the necessary service that we need.

“Time has come for us to ensure that governance is done like it’s business, you employ someone, give the person a target. He accepts on the basis of the fact that he can meet the target. If he does not meet the target and there is no cogent explanation or reasons, why he fails, then he should go. When we hold people responsible, they are likely to perform better.”

Prior to Lawan’s contribution, the minority leader, Eyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia) decried the consistent observance of one minute silence for the deceased.

He said, “I want to comment on just an aspect of the prayers which is for us to have a one minute silence for the victims of the Auno attack. I was just sitting down here with Senator Aduda and I was calculating how many minutes in a day and how many victims we have and just to point out a very poignant fact that if we stand here for one minute for every victim of those who have died in this carnage all these time, we are going to probably stand for 28 or 29 days, we will be standing just because of people who have died. We must take note of that.”

Senator Gabriel Suswam (PDP, Benue) urged his colleagues to move beyond the usual ritual of moving motions in respect to insecurity.

He said, “From the inception of this 9th assembly, what has preoccupied us if we check statistics, is the issue of security that has cropped up on a daily basis. It is high time we approached this differently and let us call a spade a spade.

“We must move beyond talking on the floor here of massive killings of our people. We talk about security, security, security. We cannot continue. In the past we have heard that Boko Haram has been exterminated and they come from the military that they have finished with Boko Haram.

“I think that beyond mere propaganda, let us address this issue by going to the source. It is not about intelligence, we don’t lack intelligence. These people come in trucks and people who come with trucks cannot be invisible. They come in trucks and they are well armed. We should move beyond observing one minute silence.”

In its resolution, the Red Chamber condemned in “strong terms, the dastardly act perpetuated by these insurgents.”

It asked the military and security agencies to reengineer and or rejig their approach towards fighting insurgency, while urging the federal government to begin a rehabilitation of the affected communities.

Military operatives were also directed to launch a base in Auno to intensify efforts in the fight against insurgency in the North East and the defence headquarters to find what transpired in Auno community.

Finally, they asked the federal government, through NEMA and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, to send relief items to the affected families.

A minute silence was observed in honour of the dead.


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