•Senate president Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara
The President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki and Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara on Wednesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari on the massacre that recently occurred in Plateau State.
Speaker Dogara made this known in a statement, admitting that “there must be a total reform and overhaul of our internal security architecture which has failed to address the spate of insecurity in the land”.
He said in the statement: “We requested for the meeting to hear from the president, the steps and measures the executive is taking to end the orgy of killings and violence, not only on the Plateau, but in other parts of the country.”
According to Dogara, the leadership of the National Assembly seized the opportunity to advise the President on other measures and actions that will help bring lasting peace in the country, in accordance with the resolutions passed at the joint emergency closed-door session of the National Assembly held some weeks ago.
He added that relevant government agencies had been called upon to quickly provide emergency relief services to people in the affected areas.
Dogara further stated that: “The House of Representatives and indeed the National Assembly will continue to work towards providing all necessary legislative backing to the security agencies, more especially, the funding needed to reform and equip our armed forces to tackle the prevailing security challenges confronting us as a nation.”
Dogara also offered condolences to families of victims of violence in Zamfara, Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna Nasarawa, Borno, Yobe, and urged Nigerian citizens to embrace peace without which there can be no meaningful development.