Appear before us within 48 hours; Reps tells President Buhari over spate of killings across Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari

The National House of Representatives on Thursday summouned President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before it and address Nigerians over the spate of insecurity across the nation.

The decision was adopted unanimously by the lawmakers after Mr. Mark Gbillah, the lawmaker representing Gwer-East/Gwer-West Federal Constituency in Benue State, moved the motion titled; ‘Resurgence of the incessant and annual massacre of innocent Nigerians across the country by alleged bandits and killer herdsmen, the gradual occupation of affected communities by these attackers and the lack of adequate rehabilitation and relief materials.’

The lawmakers noted that failure by President Buhari to appear before it to explain the issues raised would confirm opinion that his administration had failed in its responsibility to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.

The lawmakers resolved that Buhari must address the House and the entire nation within 48 hours.

The lawmakers want Buhari to explain; “his inability and the inability of his administration, since inception, to declare the killer herdsmen as terrorists, to enable the Armed Forces to take commensurate action against them.

“The inability of the Armed Forces under his watch to stop the recurring death of scores of innocent Nigerians annually from systemic attacks by killer herdsmen and alleged bandits, and the gradual occupation of the affected communities by these herdsmen despite countless assurances and statements by him, promising to stop these attacks.

“His selective and ineffective responses to the killing of Nigerians by herdsmen, especially when they occur in certain parts of the country like Benue State.

“The immediate measures he intends to employ as the Commander-in-Chief to provide the Armed Forces, including the police, with the required resources (equipment and welfare, etc) to confront and dislodge the killer herdsmen from their known hideouts, establishment of permanent presence in immediate proximity to affected communities and provide a timeline within which these attacks by killer herdsmen and alleged bandits will be curtailed, so Nigerians can return to their ancestral homes and means of livelihood.”

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