- The Nigerian senate has raised concerns over the deteriorating security challenges in Nigeria
- The Senate’s deputy majority leader, Robert Borroffice, said the unity of Nigeria could be at risk if security does not improve
- The lawmaker made some recommendations that may help resolve the problems
The Nigerian Senate has warned that security problems in the country could escalate into an ethno-religious war if nothing is done to check the situation.
The warning was made on Tuesday, February 9, during a debate on the various security challenges facing Nigeria, The Nation reported.
The Senate’s deputy majority leader, Robert Borroffice, in a motion, expressed serious concerns over rampant cases of insurgency, banditry, and kidnapping in several states.
According to The Sun, he protested the practice of ejecting Nigerians from any part of the country.
Part of the motion read:
“Section 43 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is sacrosanct, as every citizen of Nigeria has the right to live and acquire property in any part of the country. If the present spate of insecurity across the nation is not curtailed, it will lead to food insecurity and famine as many farmers can no longer access their farmlands.”
The lawmaker called on governments at the state and federal levels to implement the national livestock transformation plan in order to prevent farmer-herder conflicts.
Borroffice also advised the government to embark on an operation to check the proliferation of firearms and enforce the laws against illegal possession of firearms.
Meanwhile, the Zamfara state government said the policy of dialogue with bandits is yielding results.
This was disclosed by the commissioner for security and home affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran, during a joint briefing with the police at the Command Headquarters in Gusau, The Nation reported.
The government official stated that some bandits have already started surrendering weapons following a peace deal.