- The revelation that Boko Haram is closing in on Abuja has sent jitters down the spine of Nigerian senators
- The panic-stricken senators called on the president to act fast to save the nation's federal capital territory from falling to insurgents
- Already, a team from the Senate is preparing to meet the president to make their demands clear
Nigerian senators on Tuesday, April 27 expressed fear that Boko Haram insurgents may overrun the nation’s capital, Abuja.
The senators expressed their concerns during plenary after a motion, moved through a point of order by Senator Musa Sani from Niger state.
Sani, the senator representing Niger East senatorial district, informed his colleagues that members of the terrorist group are just some two hours away from Abuja.
The Guardian quoted him saying:
“Inhabitants of these war-torn parts of the state have been abandoned and left to their fate thereby compelling them to wallow in perpetual agony and abject misery.”
He added that 42 communities across the two local government areas of Shiroro and Munya have so far fallen under Boko Haram control with about 5,000 villagers already displaced in the last three days.
Contributing to the motion, a former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, in his said the Buhari-led government has lost its legitimacy to lead.
“Any government that is impossible of securing the lives of the people has lost legitimacy. We need to do something about this and very fast too. If we need to shutdown Niger state or the Senate in order to find solutions, let us do that.”
As a way of addressing the issue, the Senate resolved to send its leadership to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, announced that he will lead other principal officers of the upper legislative chamber, to meet with the president.
The red chamber also resolved to summon the newly-appointed service chiefs to brief them on steps so far taken to salvage the situation. No date has, however, been announced.
The Lawan-led Senate has been repeatedly described as a rubber-stamp legislature by many Nigerians.
Citizens have queried why the Senate has not taken decisive decisions against the president despite the mounting insecurity in the country.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Senator Smart Adeyemi from Kogi state broke down in tears while making his contributions to the motion.
Adeyemi who represents Kogi West senatorial district said the state of Nigeria's insecurity is actually worse than the civil war of 1967-1970.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has been called upon to immediately declare a state of emergency on security in Nigeria.
This is one of the resolutions of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 27.