OrderPaperToday – Senator Abdullahi Adamu has criticised his colleague, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe for calling on the President to resign in the face of rising insecurity, describing Abaribe’s comments as a “weapon.”

Abaribe who is the minority leader of the senate, while contributing to a motion titled “Nigerian security challenges: urgent need to restructure, review and reorganize the current security architecture” blasted the President for expressing surprise at the state of insecurity in the country as it is his responsibility to tackle the menace. He subsequently called on President Buhari to resign because he can “no longer do anything” about the situation.

“Nigeria did not elect the IGP, we did not elect the chief of staff, we did not elect the joint-chiefs or national security adviser, we elected the government of APC in 2015 and re-elected them in 2019. The reason we re-elected them is that they continued to tell us that they had the key to security.

“When you want to deal with a matter, you go to the head so we will go to government and ask this government to resign because they can no longer do anything,” Abaribe said.

In his reaction to Abaribe’s comments, Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nassarawa) expressed displeasure over the Minority Leader’s “opening salvo”, calling on Abaribe to withdraw his statement.

“The opening salvo by the minority leader where he crash lands by saying he is going with stones. Stone in the spirit in which he made that contribution is a weapon. We cannot sit here as elder statesmen and be adding salt to injury. It is not within our duty to do so.

“I would have wished the Senate President not to only tell the minority leader that the time allotted for the discussion was up but should have told him to withdraw the statement as a respect and to show that he is a man of honour who will stand by the oath of office he took,” Adamu stated.

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Damilola Zebulun Adeniran
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 a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work 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 and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. 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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