The House of Representatives yesterday mandated its four committees on police, public safety and national security, Army, and defense to work with the executive arm of government to end terrorism in Nigeria and to report back to the house within four weeks.
The resolution was as a result of a motion brought to the floor of the house by Rep. Ibrahim Olaifa, (Accord Party-Oyo) which was unanimously adopted.
Olaifa declared that several innocent Nigerians have been killed in the last three years due to the activities of a terrorist group even as several conflicting details had been given as reasons why the group unleashed terror on establishments and innocent Nigerians.
He said in spite of the huge investments in the nation’s security apparatus, the pattern of operations of the group remained mostly unpredictable.
“The economy of the Northern part of Nigeria, its education and other social welfare programmes have nosedived significantly and worsening the standard of living of the people. The stakeholders are finding it difficult to agree on how to engage this group in order to end the situation,” he said.
Olaifa suggested that all efforts must be made to bring the group to the table for final resolution of the crisis.
The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, also urged the Federal Government to adopt appropriate measures to tackle the lingering insecurity challenges in the country.
Bayero spoke yesterday at the scene of Monday’s explosion in Sabon Gari, Kano while on a sympathy visit.
He urged Igbos and officials of transport companies affected by the incident to support the security agencies to bring about lasting peace in the state.
The Emir, represented by the District Head of Fagge, Alhaji Mahmud Bayero, described the incident as “most unfortunate”.
“We don’t know why this thing is happening only in Kano,” he lamented and called on the people to continue to pray for the sustenance of peace in the state and the country.
He prayed to God to replenish whatever the people might have lost during the incident and for the peaceful repose of the souls of those who died.