Following their visit to the Statehouse, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, stated that the National Assembly and Nigerians can no longer tolerate the repeated killings of innocent citizens.
The incident, which claimed at least 120 lives, and the latest from the herdsmen-farmers crisis, prompted Senate President Bukola Saraki and Mr Dogara to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa.
Talking to journalists after the meeting with the president, the Speaker noted that President Buhari has taken steps to address the matter, however, the speaker failed to give further details, saying “security issues are not matters that can be discussed in public.”
Dagora informed reporters that the President briefed them on the measures to be put in place to prevent such callous incidents from occurring.
“These are very sober moments for most of us,” said Dogara. “In a situation where people, in hundreds, are killed, we cannot continue to tolerate this as government.”
“If you go to the North-east, you can see the level of devastation caused by Boko Haram. Everything resembling progress is being pulled down, and we don’t want a replication of this all over the country,” he added.
Senate President Saraki told State House correspondents that they had come to meet with the President to see what they can do collectively to address the security issues in the country.
Saraki further pledged the support of the National Assembly to the security agencies, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other relevant agencies to assist in tackling the crisis.
Saraki said, “The general appeal at the end of the day is that we must live together in peace and harmony. We also intend to go and pay our condolence visit to the people of Plateau State.”
“We have received that (the briefing), and we will continue to all work towards it. Nobody is happy with it; he (Buhari) is not, and neither of us is, and we have all come together collectively to see that we restore sanity,” the Senate President added.