- The Nigerian Senate has reacted to the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolboys in Kankara, Katsina state
- Debating the development on Tuesday, December 15, the lawmakers summoned defence minister and other top security chiefs
- The Red Chamber also, again, called on President Buhari to consider sacking the service chiefs
Following the massive abduction of schoolboys in Kankara, Katsina state, the Nigerian Senate has summoned the minister of defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd.).
The lawmakers also summoned the service chiefs and heads of other security agencies, asking all of them to appear at the Red Chamber to give an account of the measures being taken to rescue the students.
Daily Trust reports that the lawmakers' decision followed a motion by Senator Bello Mandiya (APC, Katsina South).
Reporting the same development, Channels TV stated that the upper legislative chamber recommended, again, that President Muhammadu Buhari sack the service chiefs.
In his contribution, the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said:
“There is nothing more important for the government to do than securing the lives of citizens of this country.
"That is the most important function of any government. I could see the level of frustration so to say.”
He added that the legislative arm “should think outside the box” and continue to engage with the federal government until the appropriate actions are taken.
Legit.ng notes that this is not the first time the Senate has called for the removal of the service chiefs.
The Senate had earlier on Tuesday, December 1, recommended their removal, adding that they should be replaced with people with fresh ideas and solutions.
The presidency, however, described as "out of place" the demand for the sacking of the service chiefs.
Garba Shehu, senior media and publicity aide to President Muhammadu Buhari said this in an interview with Arise TV.
Meanwhile, days after the abduction of the students in Katsina state, Boko Haram insurgents have claimed responsibility for the attack.
The factional leader of the insurgents, Abubakar Shekau, in a video message first published by HumAngle also stated the two reasons why the abductions were carried out.
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