- The House of Representatives reacts to the recent killing of travellers at Auno village along Damaturu/Maiduguri road by Boko Haram insurgents
- The lawmakers accuse military personnel of abandoning travellers to their fate and exposing them to attacks from the insurgents
- A House member, Ahmed Jaha, describes the attack on the travellers as avoidable and preventable
The House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on the nation’s security.
The lawmakers made the statement on Wednesday, February 12, after the chief whip of the House, Mohammed Tahir Mongunu, raised a motion of urgent public importance in reaction to the recent killing of travellers at Auno village along that Damaturu/Maiduguri road by Boko Haram insurgents.
Mongunu faulted the military for closing a checkpoint and disallowing travellers from continuing with their journey, The Nation reports.
The lawmaker accused military personnel of abandoning the travellers to their fate and exposing them to attacks from the insurgents.
Ahmed Jaha, who co-sponsored the motion said the military left the travellers stranded, while the soldiers on duty went away to return the following day.
The legislator, who described the attack on the travellers as avoidable and preventable, noted that the lack of intelligence gathering was partly blamed for the attack.
After deliberating over the issue, the lawmakers asked the House committees on Army; National Security and Intelligence to investigate the remote causes of the attack in Auno village.
The lower chamber also asked its committee on Army should investigate the setting up of super camps and withdrawal of the military from checkpoints.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has condemned the rising insecurity across regions in the country especially the north.
Professor Ango Abdullahi, the chairman of the NEF said President Muhammadu Buhari as failed as a leader in the area of Nigeria's security.
Speaking to journalists after a meeting in Zaria, Kaduna state, Abdullahi said President Buhari appears helpless in finding solutions to insecurity as well as poverty in the country.
In another report, Femi Gbajabimila, the speaker of the House of Representatives, has pleaded with the United States Government to assist Nigeria defeating Boko Haram insurgents and other security challenges in the country.
Gbajabimila made the plea when he met the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, at a function in Abuja, Daily Trust reports.
The lawmaker said Nigerians were worried over the lingering insecurity challenges in the country and that many in the country were looking up to the United States of America for assistance to tackle this challenge.
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