The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, yesterday, came down hard on incessant killing of citizens in different parts of the country, especially the recent wanton destruction of lives in Plateau State.
Saraki said the unfortunate incidents require drastic action from both the National Assembly and the Presidency, adding that the National Assembly under his leadership would not shy away from its responsibilities.
Saraki said this in Ilorin, after an assessment tour of some ecological prone areas in the metropolis.He declared: “Many months ago, the National Assembly saw the danger. We called for a summit to address the issue of security architecture. We saw the need for us to review security structure and invited service chiefs on the matter. You are all aware that some service chiefs decided in their wisdom that there was no need for them to work with the NASS to address these issues.
“We are beginning to see the wisdom in some of the things we were saying. We have always stood for what we believe is good for this country, but we always politicise everything.” He explained that the active collaboration of all agencies and arms of government is required to achieve positive result, adding that the NASS will not get frustrated.
“As we resume, we will continue on our part to ensure that those who have the responsibility of protecting lives and property are accountable to the people. It cannot continue. This is not something to be politicised. If somebody is not capable, he should give way for others that are competent. We have heard that security personnel are working at cross-purposes,” he said.The Senate President maintained, “We all sit down, both the Presidency and legislature, to thrash out the issues. Something needs to be done. Something is wrong.”