– It’s another edition of our Throwback Thursday and the subject this week is on the insecurity crisis ravaging Nigeria’s North-West region, with a focus on various interventions by the National Assembly.

Nigeria is currently in dire straits as insecurity is debated at the National Assembly nearly every week. Amidst the many points of concern, Kaduna ranks high as a hotbed for banditry and terrorist activities.

Nigerian roads are sadly not left out of its security crises; especially the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway.

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According to reports last year, bandits had established a hideout in Rijana hamlet on the Abuja-Kaduna highway, where they operate freely.

The situation degenerated to a point where citizens abandoned the road for the Abuja-Kaduna Rail Line and flew via the Kaduna International Airport.

READ ALSO: Kaduna Reps lament unabating insecurity on Abuja-Kaduna highway

In 2018, the Senate had a Summit on Security, and another was held 14 months later in 2019.

The House of Representatives went on to hold its own version of a Security Summit from May 26 to May 28 2021. At the Summit, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila emphasised the importance of governments and all Nigerians working together to combat the country’s escalating insecurity.

As contained in the report submitted by the Speaker to President Buhari, 19 recommendations were made for the executive and about 7 for the legislature. The lower chamber also introduced bills to that effect.

The Armed Forces Act (Amendment) Bill 2021; Police Act (Amendment) Bill 2021; National Security and Civil Defence Corps Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill 2021; ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms, Light Weapons and Ammunition (Ratification and Enforcement) Bill 2021 are examples of bills that were introduced after the summit.

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Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC, Kogi West) had in April 2021 expressed sadness over the fears of travelling from one state to another due to kidnapping and incessant killings.

In tears, he lamented the government’s slow response to tackling insecurity and called for the National Assembly to be shut down if nothing can be done.

Senator Ike Ekweremadu further urged the Nigerian government not to be ashamed in seeking international support.

The House of Representatives in the same year mandated its committees on the Police, Army, and other relevant committees to submit monthly reports on the country’s security status.

In April 2021, about 200 individuals were reported killed and 44 more were kidnapped in separate instances.

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On March 26, 2022, the House of Representatives Minority Caucus condemned a brazen invasion of the Kaduna International Airport by terrorists.

The statement signed by the Minority Leader stressed a total collapse of the security architecture in the country.

On March 29, Senator Uba Sani (APC, Kaduna North) lamented recent dimensions of terrorist attacks on communities and public facilities in Kaduna and across the country.

Sani noted that murderous elements killed 50 persons and kidnapped over 100 in Giwa Local Government where strategic roads have been made no-go areas.

The Senate thus urged relevant government agencies to assist the affected communities with relief materials.

READ ALSO: Senate laments incessant attacks on Kaduna communities and public facilities

With the three major gateways to Kaduna now unsafe, what is the hope of safety for citizens who continue to sleep with one eye closed?

As with the dual attack on rail lines in Kaduna this week, we continue to lose lives to banditry, kidnappings, ritual killings, cultism, armed robbery, poverty and hunger.

The National Assembly continues to do its best at intervening, but will there be an ultimate solution anytime soon?

Nigeria is bleeding!



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