Senate president urges security agencies must do more to stop terrorists

Senate president urges security agencies must do more to stop terrorists

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has told security agencies in the country to be alert and do more to stop the heightening spate of insecurity across states, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) perpetrated by terrorists.

This was even as he charged political leaders to be alive to their responsibility of ensuring the protection of lives of citizens.

Lawan, while addressing lawmakers shortly before the upper chamber adjourned for its annual recess, bemoaned the incessant killing and maiming of Nigerians by terrorists.

He assured that the National Assembly would provide the needed support to the military to ensure the restoration of security to affected parts of the country.

He said, “I am particularly concerned like all of us here, through our various interactions, including a very important closed session we had today.

“We (Federal Government) have to be alert and alive to our responsibility, particularly to secure and protect the lives of our citizen.

“The security situation has been a very difficult and challenging one, but, recently, there has been an increase of attacks, killings and maiming of our citizens.

“As part of this administration, we will always provide the kind of support that our military and other security agencies require.

“We have done that before through appropriation and approval of supplementary budget of 2022, where over N900 billion was given as additional funding to our security agencies.

“We know that it may not be enough, but that is significant, and we expect our security agencies to do far better than they are doing at the moment.

“As political leaders, we must have it in mind that we are responsible to the citizens.”

The Senate President informed lawmakers that they might be called upon during recess to attend to national emergencies should the need arise.

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