Killings: Senate Calls for Security Summit

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 17 – Following the escalating spate of killings across the country, the Nigerian Senate has called for a security summit to proffer solutions to the security challenges of the country.

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan made this proposition as part of his contribution to a motion raised by Senator Ayo Akinyelure on the murder of Mrs Funke Olakurin, daughter of the Afenifere leader.

Akinyelure expressed concern over the killing and similar ones, which he described as “increasing and incessant murder of innocent Nigerians by gunmen along major highways in the country.”

He also cautioned that if immediate actions were not taken, the development might lead to ethno-religious crises, especially in the Southern part of the country.

Deputy Minority Leader of the Senate, Sen. Ajayi Boroface (APC-Ondo), urged his colleagues to be cautious about linking a particular tribe as perpetrators of the attacks.

“We should approach this matter maturely and encourage the federal government to improve on the state of security.

“We should not link a particular tribe with the killings, as being observed in the social media. Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Fulani people have all been killed,” he said.

The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, on his submission equally lamented the situation, which he said was being felt across the country.

He, therefore, said stakeholders should immediately converge in a robust national security summit to discuss and address the situation.

“The security situation is all over the country. It is very unfortunate just like all our colleagues have said in their contributions.

“We should have one national security summit on this. The

Senator Lawan believes it’s the duty of the Senate to organise the security summit to proffer lasting solutions to the incessant killings across the country.
A minute of silence was held for her and other Nigerians who lost their lives under same circumstances.

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