- The security situation in the country has been on the lips of many Nigerians in recent times
- Political office holders are not left out as the mounting insecurity across the nation continues to thrive
- Senator Ishaku Elisha Cliff Abbo from Adamawa has added his voice to the growing concern in the country
Senator Elisha Abbo representing Adamawa North senatorial district has called for the sack of the service chiefs as Nigeria continues to battle mounting insecurity across the nation.
Abbo made the call during plenary on Wednesday, January 29 while contributing to the motion on insecurity.
The People's Democratic Party (PDP) senator described himself as a victim of the insecurity in Nigeria, adding that his senatorial district, including his country home, has been attacked by insurgents nine times in three months.
“Michika and Madagali that I represent here today, from 5th November to 11th January, Boko Haram visited that place nine times.
“They turned the place into Boko Haram barn. Whenever they run out of food, they stroll into those local governments, cart away their food, cart away their drugs, empty the shops and supermarkets and take it back to their forests almost unchallenged. We never had it this bad,” he said.
Senator Abbo lamented that despite the N4.5trillion naira budgeted for security agencies in the last four years, the security situation has not improved.
He stated that: “The service chiefs have done their best, but I think they have run out of ideas. When they came in, they came with vigour, they came with force, they came with strength and we were seeing results. Now, things have deteriorated.
“Silence is no longer golden here. Mr President needs to rejig the security apparatus and if we need foreign help, we should not be ashamed to ask for help. The security chiefs have done their best. I think it is time to bring in new ideas to come and help this country.”
Recall that the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, on Monday, January 27 bemoaned the deteriorating security situation in the country, even as he called for the complete overhaul of the nation’s security apparatus.
Lawan who made the comment during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja, expressed concern over the current security situation in the country.
He said: “Presently, the story is not good. In many areas, we have so much happening that is destabilizing our communities and killing of people.
“Apparently, the system has not been working efficiently and effectively and we have to do something. This time around, there should not be buck-passing, we have to be forthright. We have to say it as it is and we have to do it as it is required.”
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