Boko Haram: Nine things Senate wants Buhari to do on security

Boko Haram: Nine things Senate wants Buhari to do on security

Following the renewed attacks and killings by the Boko Haram insurgents, the Senate has recommended some important steps needed to be taken by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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The recommendations are contained in the resolution of the Senate sighted by during the plenary on Tuesday, December 1.

Following Boko Haram's killings, Senate recommends nine things Buhari should do on security
Boko Haram: Nine things Senate wants Buhari to do on security. Photo credit: Nigerian Senate
Source: Facebook lists the recommendations by the upper legislative chamber below:

1. Sack service chiefs and appoint new ones

The Senate urged President Buhari to immediately initiate the transitionary process of phasing out the security chiefs and replacing them with new ones with new ideas and solutions.

2. Revamp the nation's entire security architecture

President Buhari was also urged to restructure, remodel and revamp the country's entire security architecture and provide sophisticated weapons and equipment to effectively fight the insurgents.

3. Probe allegations of corruptions and leakages

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The lawmakers also urged the president to immediately initiate a probe into widespread allegations of corruption and leakages within the security structure and put mechanisms in place to foster transparency.

4. Partner with neighbouring countries to tackle the insurgents

The Senate wants the Buhari-led government to explore multilateral and bilateral options of partnership with the neighbouring nations of Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

According to the lawmakers, the goal of this is to revive and strengthen the Multinational Joint Task Force to tackle the insurgents in the Lake Chad region.

5. Recruit 10,000 civilian JTF

The Buhari-led government was also asked to urgently recruit at least 10,000 civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) who are versatile with the local terrain in Borno.

7. Provide welfare for security personnel

The Senate also urged the federal government to provide proper welfare for security personnel fighting in the frontlines and give prime attention to the compensation and welfare of fallen soldiers.

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8. Massive recruitment in the security agencies

The Red Chamber also recommended massive recruitment of personnel in the army and police to take care of the insurgency.

9. Address remote causes of insecurity

As a way of proffering long term solution to Nigeria's existential security challenges, the Senate asked the federal and states government to adequately address all immediate and remote causes of insecurity in the nation.

This, according to the lawmakers, must include comprehensive packages on education and employment.

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Meanwhile, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has also made seven recommendations to the federal government to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents.

Among others, the Borno state governor advised the Buhari-led administration to recruit foreign mercenaries to help in ending the Boko Haram insurgency, instead of relying solely on the Nigerian security forces.

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