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PHOTO: Nigerian Senate Principal Officers meets with President Buhari over Benue Killings

IMAGE: Buhari and Some Nigerian Senators in Abuja

After their resumption to legislative duties on Tuesday, and their deliberation on some major national issues. Some Principal officers of the Nigerian Senate, led by the Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki was at the Aso villa to brief the President. 

The delegation presented the president with some resolutions they feel will help curtail some of the security challenges in the land…

After the meeting which was held late yesterday night, Senator Saraki released a statement appreciating the efforts of his colleagues and their understand and steps taken for an urgent solution to this security challenges being faced in the country… He said:

I commend my Distinguished Colleagues for their sincerity and patriotism during the course of the debate on the Benue killings. These killings are another wake up call for all of us to put all hands on deck to address this crisis.

We appreciate Mr. President’s actions for meeting with Speaker Yakubu Dogara and I on Sunday night to brief us on the actions that have been taken to address the killings till date. Hence, we owed it to him to tell him what we discussed at the Senate yesterday.

This is why, last night, I briefed Mr. President alongside members of the Senate Leadership on the resolutions that we adopted yesterday at the Senate plenary on the killings in Benue.

We want to see immediate action. One point raised by many Senators is the issue of justice. Without justice we cannot see unity. Hence, justice stands as one of our recommendations. In the next 14-days, the Inspector General of Police must find the perpetrators, arrest them, and the Attorney General of Benue State must prosecute them. That is a minimum requirement — and it must happen.

One thing is clear: Benue is a wake-up call that we must urgently re-assess and address the issue of security. We cannot continue to allow this violence to keep going on from one state to another.

Those responsible for the planning and execution of these acts against humanity must be held accountable. We must also have long-term solutions. The military cannot be the solution all the time. This is because sometimes they are overstretched.

We are hoping that our Ad-Hoc Committee on Security Reform urgently comes up with recommendations on what we need to do to strengthen the police — apart from more man-power. There have been calls for a review of the recommendations to create state and/or community policing systems — and we will look into this seriously.

Moving forward, we must all begin to take concrete steps to re-assure Nigerians that we are not at the parliament to just talk. We are there to impact the lives of our people positively. In this regard, all those that are responsible for perpetrating such violence in Benue and across the country must know that this kind of mass slaughter must never happen again.

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