The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday, lamented that Nigerians are tired of the growing security crises in Nigeria, saying the situation is not good for the country.
Lawan made the lamentation at the Maitama Guest House of the Senate President in Abuja on Wednesday, where senators visited him on his 63rd birthday.
He said, “Few days ago, reports have it that over 200 people were killed in Zamfara. This is not the kind of story we want to hear as a people and as a government. The situation is not too good as far as the wanton killings by all manners of criminals are concerned.
“I, however, believe that things can be turned around for better within the remaining one and half years left for this present administration, inclusive of the 9th National Assembly.”
The Senate President stated that though the Armed Forces and security agencies generally have been putting in their best in curtailing the killings, more efforts and results are still expected from them.
“In supporting the security agencies for more potent war against the killers in the land, the National Assembly has appropriated over N1tn for security in the 2022 budget, which will be monitored very well for desired results. In achieving this, our relevant committees will ensure that procurement process is transparent and what and what was projected to be bought or acquired, are bought.
“The security situation in the country is begging for more attention and it shall be given because that is the primary purpose of governance “, he added.
Lawan, however, stated that despite the security challenges in the country, the 9th National Assembly has collaborated well with the executive arm of government in giving dividends of democracy to Nigerians within the last two and half years.
He said, “The first thing done by the 9th National Assembly in this regard was the restoration of the January-December budget implementation timeline, which has helped in stabilising the economy.
“The 9th National Assembly, based on the Legislative Agenda set by both chambers (Senate and House of Representatives) in June 2019, has also helped in stabilising the polity through result-driven, harmonious working relationship with the executive arm of government.
“We don’t mind whatever name being called now , our focus is on Nigeria and Nigerians and not unnecessary rivalry with any arm of government or even between the Senate and the House of Representatives.”