The House of Representatives has again summoned President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians on measures being taken to curb the rising cases of banditry, armed robbery, kidnapping and killings across the country.
The House had on April 11, made the same call to the President while giving him a 48-hour ultimatum to address the people on the situation, however, almost a month after, the President is yet to do so. He ignored a similar summon last year over the insecurity in the Middle Belt.
What Happened: The latest resolution by the House was made at plenary on Thursday, during a presentation, consideration and adoption of a motion titled: “Urgent Need for Federal Government’s Intervention in the Ongoing Wanton Killing of Innocent Persons, Destruction of Properties, Armed Robbery and Kidnappings by Heavily Armed Bandits Operating Within Safana/Batsari/Dansamu Federal Constituency.”
The motion was sponsored by Ahmed Dayyabu Safana, the representative of the constituency who bemoaned the situation in his constituency while calling for the President to declare a state of emergency in Katsina State (the president’s home state).
- Recall that even the district head of the president’s hometown was kidnapped a few days ago.
Buhari Summoned: The Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, said it was necessary to invite the President to give an address seeing as the issue of banditry had become widespread across the country.
In adopting the motion, the House called on the federal government to deploy the military to areas under attack to assist the police and other security agencies in dealing with the criminal elements.
The House also jointly called for the declaration of a state of emergency in Katsina and urged the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to urgently provide relief materials to victims of the attacks.
Bottomline: The president is not even in the country at the moment. And there is nothing that suggests he is going to honour the House summons this time.