Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, the lawmaker representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District, has said he is not convinced that President Muhammadu Buhari is fully aware about the rising spate of insecurity in the country.
Bamidele, who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), said this during plenary on Tuesday while contributing to a motion sponsored by Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, the lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial District.
The spate of criminal activities across Nigeria has increased in the last month, with reports of kidnapping, banditry, terrorism, armed robbery and other crimes surfacing on a daily basis.
Musa raised a motion on the floor of the Senate following reports that the terrorist group, Boko Haram has hoisted its flag at Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
Making his contribution on the motion, Bamidele suggested that a meeting between the Senate leadership, the president and the relevant stakeholders should be held with a view to finding solutions to the security challenges.
“I’m not even not convinced that Mr President is aware of everything that is happening. And if you (Lawan) are meeting with the commander-in-chief, all the service chiefs and all the relevant people will be there,” Bamidele said.
His suggestion was adopted as a part of the prayers to Musa’s motion.
Also speaking, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, a former deputy Senate president, said any government that cannot protect its citizens has lost its “legitimacy”.
Ekweremadu, who represents Enugu West Senatorial District, said the Federal Government should seek support from the international community in order to protect the country’s citizens.
“Any government that cannot protect its citizens has lost legitimacy.
“We should not be ashamed to seek support. Time has come for the Nigerian state to shut down and protect its citizens. It’s time to shut down this senate and in an executive session find a solution to this problem,” he said.