Outrage In Senate Over Kankara Abduction

16 December 2020 By James Itodo

The Senate has expressed Displeasure with President Muhamnadu Buhari and Security Chiefs over abduction of 333 students of
Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State last week Friday.

The Senators also threatened to suspend work on consideration and passage of the N13.08trillion 2021 budget to force the President to implement series of resolutions the Senate had taken to address insecurity in the Country

The move followed a motion by Senator Mandiya Bello representing Katsina South, on the abduction of students in Kankara Secondary School and the urgent need for Government to rescue them and tackle the rising wave of insecurity in the land.

The Senate in its resolutions on the motion , condemned in strong terms , the attack on the School and urged President Buhari to consider and implement the recommendations of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Nigeria’s Security Challenges dated March 17th 2020 and similar ones recently adopted.

The upper legislative chamber however outrightly rejected the call to invite Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police for any deliberation.

During debate on the motion, many of the Senators submitted that the Country was moving towards total collapse and called on President Buhari to take full responsibility for the security failure.

Specifically, in his contribution, Senator Olubunmi Adetunbu representing Ekiti North asked President Muhammadu Buhari to remember and fulfil the pledge he made in Chatham House, London in 2015, to tackle insecurity head on across the Country.

In her own contribution, SenatorAbiodun Olujimi representing Ekiti South, suggested that the National Assembly should halt work on the 2021 Budget Bill to compel President Muhamadu Buhari to listen to suggestions from Senate.

“The presidency is not an award, it is a call to duty. And when you call a man to duty he must be able to know when the bulk stops on his table. Right now the bulk stops on the President’s table as far as security in this Country is concerned.

“The time has come for us to take drastic action, and one of them is that they must do something before we produce the budget. “We must think outside the box, we must hold Government accountable .

The Senate spokesman, Ajibola Basiru representing Osun Central in his own argument, said the National Assembly should amend existing laws to empower Parliament to play a serious role in security of the Country.

Such amendments, according to him, should specifically allow the National Assembly to mete out sanctions to erring public officers.

Also, Senator Matthew Urhoghide representing Edo South lamented the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to execute motions passed by the Senate on growing insecurity in the Country.

According to him, there is need to activate section 143 of the constitution which deals with impeachment and removal of the President.

He however said the intention was not to remove the President but to send warning signals.

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