Senate President Ahmad Lawan has asked Nigerians to give the Federal Government two months to solve the problem of insecurity.
He said this on Monday while speaking to State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to Lawan, leaders in the country have roles to play in solving the security challenges in the country and when that is accomplished people will be able to go about their normal duties to earn a living for themselves.
“I’ve come to meet with Mr. President, to discuss the issue of security of our nation, and in fact, there is nothing more important today or more topical, than the security of Nigeria.
“We had a very extensive discussion on the security of all parts of Nigeria and how we should go about improving the situation, we all have roles to play. Nobody would like to see the kind of things that we experience in various parts of the country in the form of insecurity.
“As political leaders, we have responsibilities to our people and we cannot shy away from that, we have to get our people secured, we have to secure the environment for them to earn their means of livelihood, we’ll like to see our farmers go back to farms before the rainy season starts.
“This means we have to secure the rural parts of Nigeria as well as the urban centres because we need businesses to flourish.
“So I believe that between now and probably the next two months, there will be a lot of activities to ensure that we recover and secure the environments for our people to live a very normal life,” he said.
One of the major steps that would be taken by the government in addressing the security challenges is the approval of funds from the Excess Crude Accounts for the military to procure more hardware for combat in the troubled regions in the country.
He said, “We also believe that the government is headed in the right direction. You’ll recall that the National Economic Council approved of taking some funds from the Excess Crude Accounts with a view to giving more resources to our Armed Forces.
“This is a commendable effort and we are ready to help with appropriation to ensure that we acquire those security weapons for the armed forces of this country to end this insecurity in the northeast, in the northwest, in the southeast/South-south and southwest as well.
“We believe that this is also going to help empower and build the capacity of other security agencies like the police because the police need to be there.”