Killings in Nigeria: We can no longer pretend that all is well - House of Reps

Killings in Nigeria: We can no longer pretend that all is well - House of Reps

Nigeria's level of insecurity has now gone beyond painting the challenge in 'beautiful colours', the country's House of Representatives has said.

The position of the lawmakers at the green chamber of the National Assembly was made known on Tuesday, January 28, by their spokesperson, Benjamin Kalu.

TheCable reports that Kalu made the statement in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city. in relation to the recent upsurge in attacks and killing of citizens of the country by insurgents and other suspected criminals.

He reportedly described the level of insecurity in the country as disturbing.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, Benjamin Kalu, spokesman of the green chamber, said the rate of insecurity in Nigeria is alarming.

The report said Kalu, who spoke with newsmen when the lawmakers at the lower chamber resumed legislative activities from a recess, said he and his colleagues have been troubled by the cries of victims across the country.

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“We can no longer paint it with beautiful colours," he said, "We can no longer discuss about it in low tones. The cries of the people that have lost their lives are giving us sleepless nights. Something need to be done about it.”

He revealed that he and his colleagues are planning to come up with ideas and official legislative interventions to ensure that Nigerians and their properties are safe.

He expressed optimism that the efforts would make Nigerians better than they have always been "because that is a core mandate of every government - to protect lives and property. If we don’t protect lives, who are we structuring our governance for.”

Kalu thanked the federal government for its recent decision to send the police to take over some areas occupied by the military.

“The recent report we are getting shows the police is capable of handling our internal security,” he said.

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“There are some success stories from what they are currently doing. We are going to use legislative interventions to support them the more as well as the other armed forces," he said.

Meanwhile, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) slammed the Plateau police command for linking suspected Fulani herdsmen to the Sunday, January 26, attack in the state that resulted in 13 deaths.

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This is as the Gani Allah association, another group, disclosed that a reprisal by some Plateau youths resulted in the burning down of 23 houses and one mosque on Fulani settlements in the state.

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