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Lawmakers ‘Order’ Nigeria’s President to Address the Nation Within 48 Hours

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Disturbed by the resurgence of killings by alleged herdsmen and bandits across the country, the House of Representatives request President Muhamnadu Buhari to address the House and the nation within 48 hours.

This followed a motion under matters of public importance by Rep Mark Gbillah at Thursday plenary presided over by Speaker Yakubu Dogara in Abuja.

Moving the motion, Gbillah, said the House was concerned by I creasing attacks by “killer herdsmen and alleged bandits in communities in Benue, Kaduna, Zamfara and other states from January till date.”

He noted that this had resulted in the loss of hundreds of innocent lives and the displacement of thousands of Nigerians who had fled their homes and means of livelihood for fear of losing their lives.

“The House is alarmed at the brazen nature of the attacks by the herdsmen and alleged bandits who attack these communities with impunity brazenly clad in military fatigues and audibly communicating with each other in Fulani as reported by eyewitness accounts from the recent attacks in Kaduna.

“Obviously emboldened by the inability of the Nigerian armed forces to curb their activities, these killers have gradually progressed from attacking remote villages at night to sacking whole towns in brood daylight displacing residents and occupying affected communities,”

The lawmaker also expressed worry over the inability of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to fulfil its statutory mandate of providing relief materials and rehabilitation to hopeless displaced persons and their affected communities.

He stressed that the House could no longer condone the continuous killing of innocent Nigerians with impunity despite the plethora of motions and resolutions passed on the floor of the House and the Senate.

When the motion was put on a voice vote by the Speaker, Dogara, the whole members unanimously supported it.

The lawmakers, however, resolved that President Buhari should “address the House and the nation within 48 hours on why his administration has failed to declare the killer herdsmen as “terrorists” to enable commensurate action against them by security agents .

It added that the government would be termed to have failed in its primary constitutional responsibility of ensuring the security and welfare of the citizens of Nigeria if the President fails to respond within 48hours.

The House, therefore, constituted an ad hoc committee to interface with the Presidency and engaged the Minister of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff. service Chiefs, among others, in a public hearing to determine permanent solutions to the menace.

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