The requests contained in three separate letters read at the beginning of plenary on Tuesday by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. 3

The Senate, on Tuesday, asked President Buhari to sack the service chiefs for failure to secure Nigerians.

The Senate decision, which is the third this year, followed a motion by Senator Kashim Shettima on the recent killing of 34 rice farmers in Borno State by insurgents.

The Senate asked Buhari to replace the security chiefs with new ones “immediately”.

The Senate, which asked the President to restructure and remodel the nation’s security architecture, also demanded a probe into the allegations of corruption and financial leakage levelled against some top hierarchy of the military.

The Senate asked Buhari to aggressively negotiate with the nation’s neighbouring countries for multinational cooperation in order to strengthen the war against insurgency.

It directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, NEMA and NEDC to provide succour and psychological support for the families of the victims.

It also sought proper welfare for soldiers at the war front and proper resettlement and support for the families of the fallen soldiers.


The Senate urged the federal and state governments to address issues fueling insecurity.

It similarly called for massive recruitment into the military and the police force.

Meanwhile, plenary at the House of Representatives turned rowdy on Tuesday as members were sharply divided over a motion seeking to invite the President to appear before the lawmakers to explain the rising spate of insecurity in the country.

The House was considering a motion moved by members from Borno State on the recent massacre of 43 rice farmers in the state by Boko Haram insurgents.

Part of the prayers was to invite Buhari to appear on the floor of the House and address the lawmakers in plenary.

Efforts by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and Chairman, House Committee on Air Force, Shehu Koko, among others, to have the prayer dropped proved abortive.

Gbajabiamila’s plea that a state of emergency be adopted instead was also rebuffed.

The Speaker was forced to ask that the lawmakers to have an executive (closed-door) session.

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