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INSIGHT: Senate meets Security Chiefs

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By Haruna Salami

The Senate leadership Wednesday held a crucial meeting with service chiefs over the security situation in the country.

The meeting, which was at the instance of the Senate which had described the security situation in the country as “frightening”.

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan who said the security agencies had been doing their best, however said their best was not good enough.

The Chief of Defence Staff. General Lucky Irabor also led the three Service Chiefs, Inspector General of Police, heads of Intelligence agencies like NIA and DSS and also Commandant General of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC) to the talks.

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The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno(rtd) was represented because he was attending the Federal Executive Council(FEC) meeting at the time.

The Senate President said they “we invited you today for what is obvious, what is before everyone, what is of concern and of interest to every Nigerian today.

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“The Senate, before we went on recess last week Wednesday, we had discussions over the security situation in the country.

“But even before then, we have had several discussions over the security situation.

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“Let me say, this Senate particularly and indeed even the previous sessions of the National Assembly generally, have shown serious commitment and partnership with the executive arm of government.

“As far as I can remember, t. has never been an administration in this country, especially since the Fourth Republic started in 1999, that invested so much re.s in the security of this country like this present administration.

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“I have no doubt about it. I am a participant. To a very large extent I can say that none. We believe that as a National Assembly, we have always met this Executive at the right position, at the right time, most especially when it concerns investment in the security of life and property in Nigeria.

“We have also, in our individual capacities as committees of the National Assembly and infact as a National Assembly shown concern about the security situation.

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“And the security situation of any country cannot be one hundred percent satisfactory but of course t. is a level at which no country can be comfortable with insecurity.

“Ours has lingered definitely. We had hoped that by this time, the security situation in Nigeria would have been far better and Nigeria would have made more progress not only in the area of security but also in the area of economy which is tied to the security situation again.

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“I believe that all security agencies and armed forces have been doing their best but apparently we have to do more to achieve what we desire to achieve.

“T. are, of course, several arguments whether the re.s available to our Armed forces and our security agencies are enough or not. Definitely not enough. I don’t know of any country w. t. is enough really. But even within the scarcity that we have, this administration and this Senate and National Assembly has always prioritise the security of our country.

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“This particular session of the interaction between us is to look into w. we are today and probably this current position w. we are is most frightening because it is like t. is now. to hide, no w. to go. Insecurity is everyw. and especially, if it is coming to the point of dislocating the security situation w. the government is quartered. We will really review and see what more we have to do and how differently we have to do.

“Our population is largely peasant. Most of our people are in the rural areas and they live their lives by going to farms. We all know this. In many parts of the country today, that is an herculean task.

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“My belief is that we can do better to secure the rural areas. The so-called ungoverned space. At least for our population who go to farms to earn their living.

“W. our agricultural productivity is drastically going down, that will complicate the security situation because the most ordinary Nigerian cares more about what he or she or what the family will eat. And of course, all other things are secondary.

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“We have problem with our economy to some extent because of insecurity. No foreign direct investment or not as much as we would ordinarily attract to our country.

“Our prayer is to start seeing serious, remarkable and dramatic changes from today.

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“We hope that our discussions will give us the opportunity to consider other things or other areas or ideas that we didn’t have before,” Lawan said.

General Irabor thanked the Senate leadership for the invitation which he described as “an in-house discussion based on mutual concern.”

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“I believe that the wisdom of the Senate President and Senate leadership to convene this meeting is born out of the fact that issues of national security must be seen from a collective perspective and that whatever the situation is, t. is always room for rubbing of minds to make contributions to the effect that we have a more secured environment w. every Nigerian will have a sense of security in truth, such that our individual and collective aspirations could be achieved,” General Irabor said.

He told the meeting “that quite a lot has happened, quite a lot has been done, quite a lot is being done to ensure that we improve on the security situation across the country.

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“The commitment is t.. It’s very profound. I believe that as we go into discussions on specifics, it will be clear that no one is leaving any stone unturned in redressing all the imbalances within the security environment.”

However, when  the meeting ended at about 7:15 pm, nobody was ready to speak with the journalists who waited for over 5 hours.

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The CDS simply refused to say a word and hurried away.

The Senate leader, Ibrahim Gobir managed to say “the meeting was very good. After all what we want is improvement in security architecture of the country”.

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From all indications, what  Gobir said couldn’t have been the true reflection of what happened behind closed doors. It was at variance with the tone of the meeting set by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

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