Sunday Aborisade, Abuja
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, described the killings in Zamfara State as barbaric, unacceptable, stressing that the Federal Government was not paying desired attention to insecurity in the country.
He lamented that the killings had gone on for too long and that the situation had not been given the desired attention as well as the right strategy that would stop it.
Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, submitted that the development was “a clear indication of systemic failure.”
He said, “There is need for certain and proper profiling of the situation so that we can know whether it is simple cattle rustling, vicious armed robbery on a large scale, religious cum ethnic crisis or invasion by foreign forces.
“Our security agencies must immediately come out with a proper understanding of the situation, the right strategy and deployment of the necessary troops to tackle the menace.
“We must within the next few days send the right signals to the criminals in that area that the Nigerian State will no longer tolerate the on-going blood-letting.
“We must immediately change our strategy. Also, the President has to take full, direct control. May be the President must widen the consultation within the armed forces on the search for a solution to this problem.
“He must go beyond the first line military top brass. We need to get ideas from more sources than we presently do.”
The Senate President noted that the situation in Zamfara State “presents a picture of the government denying the citizens their fundamental rights to life and rights to own property.
“The government must correct this by stopping the carnage in Zamfara immediately,” he added.
He wondered why President Muhammadu Buhari had yet to arrange a meeting with leaders of the National Assembly, legislators, traditional rulers and other key stakeholders from the affected state on the development.
He said leaders at such forum would have exchanged ideas and proffer lasting solutions to the issue.
He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari should immediately give a marching order to the various security agencies and tell them to give him the progress report on a regular basis. We should look at the Zamfara killings as a major threat to our democracy, particularly as we move towards election period in the next 50 days.”