By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—SENATOR Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central), yesterday, raised the alarm that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has lost grip of governance, especially in the protection of lives and property in the country.
He also said armed bandits had taken over Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
According to him, incessant killings in the last three months in the country are a manifestation that President Buhari was losing grip of governance.
He took a swipe at those he described as opportunists in the Villa, who have refused to tell Nigerians the truth that Buhari was failing in governing the nation.
Senator Sani, who came under Order 43 at yesterday’s plenary, said those in the Villa should tell people the truth, put politics aside and save Nigerians from being killed by heavily armed bandits.
Wants permanent military presence in Birnin Gwari, Chikun
He called on the government to ensure permanent military presence in Birni Gwari and Chikun local government areas of Kaduna State.
According to him, Birnin Bwari, which borders Niger and Zamfara states, has been under siege in the last two years by armed bandits, with many villages sacked, farming occupation stopped in addition to killings and abduction daily.
Sani said: “I have an issue in a local government in one of my constituencies; it is called Birnin Gwari Local Government Area. This local government borders on the states of Zamfara, Kebbi, and Niger.
‘’This local government in the last two to three years, has been under siege of armed herdsmen and bandits.
“Bandits have made life intolerable to the people of that part of the state. Many villages in this local government have been sacked, farmers don’t go to their farms nowadays. Many of the citizens residing in that local government are now in the capital.
“Of concern is the fact that killings and abduction have become a daily affair; it is one issue not being able to get the national attention of the global spotlight.
‘’I am deeply concerned that the government is losing grip that we cannot guarantee the safety of lives and property in this country, and I think we have lost the essence of our being in government.
‘’It is time to put politics aside and focus on the issue of insecurity. People that are privileged to move to the Villa should please spare us the time of telling the truth to the people in power that things are getting worse and there is a need for us to do what we need to do.”
FG should step up in protecting lives, property—Ekweremadu
In his remarks, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided, called on the Federal Government to step up the protection of lives and property, even as he urged the government to do something about the massive killings across the country.
Ekweremadu said: “So, I want to appeal to the government to step up our responsibilities to ensure that we protect our people because once these things are happening, it will be affecting us internationally in terms of our public relations; in terms of our direct foreign investment, and then the confidence our people have in government will be eroded.”