Buhari Assures Nigerians of Improved Security
The chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Defence, Hon. Babajimi Benson, has said that President Buhari has assured the leadership of the National Assembly that the incessant attacks by bandits would abate within a short period.
The president also promised that Nigerians would in a short while attest to a great improvement in the security situation in the country.
Benson stated this in Abuja when he fielded questions from journalists in his office in Abuja.
While giving an insight into the discussions between Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly, on one hand and the security chiefs on the other hand, Benson expressed optimism that the security crisis would be resolved in favour of Nigeria.
He said: “We are not folding our arms; I want to assure Nigerians that all hands are on deck to ensure that this matter is resolved in favour of Nigerians.”
In his response to a question on the resent resolution of the House, advising the security chief to resign from office due to the incessant attacks, Benson explained that Buhari pleaded with the leadership of the legislature to give him a short time, within which a noticeable improvement would be achieved.
“The bucks stops at Mr President’s table, he is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and a General in the Army who has fought wars. We are representatives of the people. When we resumed, lawmakers whose constituencies have come under siege have the constitutional right to present their cases before the House, with passion, emotion and empathy. The House agreed that a solution might be for the service chiefs to resign and new ones should come on board.
“Mr. President called for a meeting, and I think he appealed for time, gave his assurances and undertaken, that he is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and that in a short while, we will see improvements. I think it also behoves on the House to give him that little bit and see what he can do within the shortest possible time,” he said.
Benson, who observed that the fight against insurgency had lingered due to the porous nature of Nigeria’s land borders, said that advanced technology was required to secure them.
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