Senate President Says Killings ‘Unacceptable’ As Lawmakers Resume From Christmas Break

At Senate’s resumption from Christmas recess on Tuesday, Senate President Ahmad Lawan frowned at the worsening security situation in the country. 

Lawan described as “not acceptable”, reports of killings by terrorists and bandits during the festive season through the new year.

“My distinguished colleagues, the security situation in our country requires serious attention and due consideration by the Senate and indeed the National Assembly,” the Senate President told the lawmakers in his welcome speech.

“Recently, the security in the country has deteriorated and the attendant loss of lives is not acceptable.

“We need to secure the lives and property of our citizens, as enshrined in our Constitution. We all are witnesses to how our economy is also affected by the inclement security situation,” he said.

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The Senate President warned that failure to find a lasting solution to insecurity in the country could affect the nation’s economy in drastic ways.

“There is urgent need for paradigm shift and reform of the architecture and structure of our security systems. Equally important is the citizen participation, and collaboration in providing security,” he said.

“In this regard, the Senate will engage the Executive arm of government to discuss the implementation of the recently launched National Security Strategy (NSS) 2019.”

Lawan said the Senate was in support of efforts to bring about community policing in the country to ensure the security of lives and properties of the citizens.

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