The House of Representatives on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to give effect to subsisting resolutions of the House bordering on the removal of Service Chiefs.
The lawmakers said, “the unjustifiable retention of the service Chiefs may be the cause of the lingering problem as their defensive strategies seem to be obsolete and must have outgrown further learning.”
The House also called for the establishment of a permanent military base in Shiroro/Rafi/Munya Federal Constituency of Niger to curb the rising cases of banditry, killing, and kidnapping in the area.
Adopting a motion sponsored by Hon. Shehu Barwa Beji and Hon. Saidu Umar Doka, the House asked the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to urgently send relief materials to the victims of the banditry attacks in the area.
Presenting the motion, Beji lamented the increasing attacks in the area which he said led to the loss of lives and property on a daily basis, adding that the operational structure of the Nigerian Military in the area requires urgent reforms
He said: “Barely a few days ago, the nation lost one of her Military Commanders and three other officers of the Nigerian Army at battlefield”.
He said soldiers were not happy that while the military honored the officer killed, their colleagues who suffered the same fate were left out, adding such utter disregard and disrespectful gesture meted out on bereaved families of junior fallen heroes was demoralising gallantry spirit at battlefields.
The lawmaker said despite efforts to curb banditry activities in Niger State, the situation had continued to escalate to the extent farmers have completely abandoned their farms, which is the mainstay of their economy.