The parliament of Nigeria called upon President Muhammadu Buhari to take action against the country’s worsening security crisis on Tuesday. The parliament also urged Nigeria’s police and armed forces to respond to the crisis accordingly. In addition, the lower house of the Senate passed a resolution to persuade Buhari to declare a state of emergency.
Nigeria’s Security Crisis
Nigeria has been embroiled in a security crisis for many years; the intensity of this crisis has recently been increasing. Despite the efforts of security forces which include the country’s military, the situation does not appear to be improving.
The two regions of Nigeria which have been most greatly affected by security issues are its northwest and northeast. Since December, more than 700 schoolchildren across Nigeria’s seven northwestern states have been abducted by gunmen. Militants have also been launching many attacks targeted at the region’s residents.
Terrorist organization Boko Haram primarily operates across the six northeastern states of Nigeria. It has been active there since 2009; the country’s armed forces have thus far been unable to cope with the threat which it has posed. The latest incident involving Boko Haram, also known as Islamic State’s West African Province (ISWAP), took place on Sunday. In that incident, ISWAP militants killed 31 soldiers in the town of Mainok.
Other areas of Nigeria have experienced their share of security problems. Central and southern Nigeria are plagued by much violence between farming communities and herders. In southeastern Nigeria, members of a militant secessionist uprising often commit acts of violence. Only the southwestern states of Nigeria have been relatively untroubled by the crisis.
The Senate’s Response
A resolution passed by the lower house stated the following: “The president should immediately declare a state of emergency on security so as to fast-track all measures to ensure the restoration of peace in the country.”
The upper house of the Senate, meanwhile, emphasized that the country’s police and military must increase their respective levels of recruitment and channel additional efforts towards procuring new equipment for security forces.
The Senate as a whole resolved that its leaders are to meet Buhari to discuss the country’s security issues. They will also invite military and intelligence leaders of Nigeria to speak on the topic during this meeting.
Senator Smart Adeyemi, the senator for the constituency of Kogi West located in central Nigeria, said, “The nation is on fire. The president must rise to the occasion and bring in people to save this country or else we will be consumed. We cannot keep quiet any longer.” Adeyemi is part of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the political party which Buhari represents.
28th April 2021 15:12
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