Senate President lauds military for current onslaught against terrorists

Senate President lauds military for current onslaught against terrorists

By Kingsley Okoye, Abuja.


President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, has commended the Nigerian Armed Forces for the sustained fight against terrorism, banditry and kidnapping in the last one month.


A statement by Dr Ezrel Tabiowo, his Special Assistant on Press, said that Lawan made the commendation, while declaring open a National Policy Dialogue on Corruption and Insecurity.


Lawan praised the military for flushing and neutralising insurgents and terrorists in states such as Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara in particular.


The National Policy Dialogue, which had the senate president as its Chairman, was organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).


Other dignitaries, who attended the session, are Chairman of the ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye; Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; National Security Adviser, retired Maj.-Gen. Mohammed Babagana Munguno and Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor.


Lawan, in his speech, said: “Only recently, the President gave a marching order to the armed forces to extinguish bandits, kidnappers and other criminal agents against the state and her citizens by December.


“This administration is committed to achieving this set target.


“Accordingly, the past few weeks have seen security agencies flushing out terrorists from their hideouts in Kaduna Birnin-gwari axis, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto.


“Similar results were recorded in Niger, where, like in Kaduna, the Nigerian Air Force neutralised many terrorists.”


The senate president said that the National Assembly would continually support the efforts of the government to tackle insecurity in Nigeria, adding that it had ensured an improvement in the annual appropriation for defence and security.


He said that the legislature, while looking into the possibility of unmasking the perpetrators of insecurity in Nigeria, realised the need for an anti-corruption law to stop illicit financial flows, suspected to be funding routes for insecurity in Nigeria.


“The eight Assembly passed the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Bill, which is one of the major anti-corruption laws that saved the country from being expelled from the global body of the Egmont Group.


“In the same vein, the ninth Assembly, working closely with security and law enforcement agencies to further strengthen their capacity to withstand unscrupulous elements involved in criminal and terrorist activities against the state, passed three bill.


“The bills aimed at combating money laundering, terrorist financing and the proceeds of crime.


“These three bills are in tandem with this administration’s commitment to fight corruption and curb insurgency in the country,” he said.


Lawan said that the alarming spate of insecurity had scared away foreign and local investors, while depriving Nigeria the benefit of attracting direct investments.


He, therefore, commended the efforts of the ICPC and its Research and Training Academy in convening the dialogue, aimed at guiding the country’s policy direction toward addressing the security challenges.


“Indeed, this policy dialogue is showing us that efforts to summarily deal with the ugliness of insecurity in Nigeria require more than the deployment of military might.


“We must look at social and economic vices, like corruption, that enable and even propagate insecurity.


“As lawmakers, we look forward to the eventual policy brief that will be shared hereafter to guide the nation’s policy direction in ending insecurity in Nigeria,” he said.

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