– Reps want the president to explain his inability and the inability to declare the killer herdsmen as terrorists.
– The house says the inability of the Armed Forces under the president’s watch to stop the recurring death must be addressed.
The House of Representatives has summoned President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before it and address Nigerians on the spate of insecurity across the country.
The lower chamber of the National Assembly on Tuesday said failure by the President to explain the issues raised by the legislative house would confirm the opinion of Nigerians that the administration had failed in its responsibility to protect lives and property.
This is part of the resolutions passed at the Plenary when the lawmakers unanimously adopted a motion moved by the lawmaker representing Gwer-East/Gwer-West Federal Constituency in Benue State, Mark Gbillah.
The motion was titled, ‘Resurgence of the Incessant and Annual Massacre of Innocent Nigerians Across the Country by Alleged Bandits and Killer Herdsmen, the Gradual Occupation of Affected Communities by these Attackers and the Lack of Adequate Rehabilitation and Relief Materials.’
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The motion which was not debated was adopted by the lawmakers and they resolved to “request that the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces address the House and the entire nation within 48 hours.”
According to the house, Buhari is expected to explain his inability and the inability of his administration since inception to declare the killer herdsmen as terrorists to enable commensurate action against them by the Armed Forces.
The house also said the inability of the of the Armed Forces under the president’s watch to stop the recurring death of scores of innocent Nigerians annually from systemic attacks by killer herdsmen and alleged bandits, and the gradual occupation of the affected communities by these herdsmen despite countless assurances and statements by him, promising to stop these attacks needs to be addressed.
Others are, “The inability of NEMA under his watch to immediately provide relief materials and rehabilitation of affected communities in line with their statutory mandate, in spite of the N10bn he announced had been provided in this regard and what immediate intervention his administration intends to provide to affected communities and how soon.”