Declare state of emergency on security now – Reps Tell Buhari
The House of Representatives on Wednesday told President Muhammadu Buhari to, without further delay, declare a state of emergency on the nation’s security.
The House also insisted on its earlier resolution seeking the immediate sack of the service chiefs, following the killing of over 30 travellers in Borno by Boko Haram on Sunday night amidst the pervasive state of insecurity across the country.
The renewed call followed arguments canvassed by Ndudi Elumelu, Minority Leader of the House, in a motion of urgent national importance brought before the House by Mohammed Monguno, Chief Whip, on the recent massacre of travellers at Auno village, Borno State.
Monguno had complained to the House that on Sunday, February 9, while hundreds of commuters were waiting at the Auno village for the proper time to continue their journey along the Damaturu-Maiduguri road in Borno State, the military men left them to their fate at the mercy of Boko Haram insurgents.
He told the House that while the commuters were waiting for dawn, Boko Haram insurgents attacked, kidnapped dozens, and burnt some vehicles along with some of the victims.
The lawmaker expressed concern that the occupants of the two Hummer buses and one Sharon bus were kidnapped, with 18 vehicles burnt and 30 people killed, including infants.
He was also concerned that no super military camp existed on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road, thus exposing the commuters to the danger of being killed, maimed, or kidnapped.
Monguno (APC, Borno) regretted that keeping commuters waiting at night in such lonely places without military super camps was dangerous in view of the security challenges in the North East.
He disclosed that because of the security challenges in the zone, travellers were compelled to suspend their journey once it was 6.00p.m.
The legislator noted that Auno village was one of the spots where the Nigerian armed forces instructed the commuters on that road to spend the night before proceeding on their journeys the following morning.
His debate drew concerns from all the lawmakers, most of who sought to contribute in support but could not have the opportunity as Speaker Femi Gbajabiamilla said there was no time to allow so many contributions.