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Insecurity: Senate Leadership in meeting with Service Chiefs

Senate leadership and relevant committees on security and intelligence meet Service Chiefs behind closed doors as Lawan admits frightening spate of security challenges
Worried by the escalating insecurity situation in the country, the Nigerian Senate is currently meeting with Service Chiefs and other stakeholders at the National Assembly complex, in Abuja.
The meeting, according to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, who led the leadership of the Senate to the venue was at their instance to discuss the security challenges in the country.
Physically, in attendance, are the principal officers of the Senate as well as various Chairmen of Senate Committees on security matters. Also in attendance are the Chief of Defence Staff; General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Army Staff; Lt. General Farouk Yahaya, Chief of Naval Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, and the Chief of Air Staff; Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao.
Others present include the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman, the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar. The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.) sent in a representative.
The meeting is aimed at reviewing the current security situation in the country, especially in the wake of the recent attacks at across the country and sundry issues.
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Lawan in his address mentioned that the security agents were invited to the meeting for what is obvious and of interest to every single Nigerian today. He recalled that before the National Assembly went on recess a week ago, there were discussions over security situations.
“The Senate has shown serious commitment and partnership with the executive as far as I can remember. We have invested so much resources in security. We believe that as a National Assembly and in our individual capacity, we have shown commitment and seriousness to the security situation.
The security situation has been a very difficult and challenging one. Recently, there has been an increase in attacks, killings, and maiming of our citizens. As part of this administration, we will always provide the kind of support at our military and other security agencies require.
We have done that before through appropriation and approval of the 2022 Supplementary Budget, where over N900 billion was given as additional funding to our security agencies,” Lawan stated.
The Chairman of the National Assembly further lamented that the situation in the country continues to linger despite all the support, adding that the expectation by this time was that it would be far better than what it is today.
“Our security agencies have been doing their best but they have to do more to achieve what we desire. There are several arguments on whether the resources for our security agencies are enough, but within the scarcity, the Assembly has always prioritised the security of this country.
This meeting, in particular, is to look at where we are today, and where we are today is most frightening and it’s like there is no hiding place.”
He, however, charged the Service Chiefs to ensure that farming activities are restored, noting that in most parts of the country today, farming is a herculean task as bandits have taken over the farms.
Lawan also bemoaned the fact that insecurity is already affecting the nation’s economy with very little or no direct investment coming in to boost the economy. He further stressed that security agencies are doing little to curb crude oil theft urging them to sit tight in the interest of national development.
“We have problems with our economy to some extent because of insecurity. The level of oil theft is on the increase. Oil companies don’t feel the environment is secured enough for them to continue their businesses.
If there’s no oil exploration, there will be no revenue for the country. Without revenue the country will become so challenged that the government will find it difficult to provide services,” Lawan stated.
Chief of Defence Staff, General Irabor who spoke on behalf of the other Service chiefs said the issue of national security must be seen from a collective perspective while commending the Senate leadership for initiating the parley.
He also told the Senate leadership that quite a lot has been done to improve security across the country, assuring that more is being done. The meeting thereafter went into a closed-door session for further security details.
Ojochenemi Onje-James
Ojochenemi Onje-James
Ojochenemi Onje-James is a research writer and journalist with years of proven footprints in areas of crime and politics. She has M.Sc in International Relations and Strategic Studies; and B.Sc in Mass Communication.
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