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Insecurity: N’ Assembly Tired of Observing a Minute Silence for Casualties, Says Lawan

Insecurity: N’ Assembly Tired of Observing a Minute Silence for Casualties, Says Lawan

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Ahmad Lawan

  • One minute silence observed six times at Senate plenary
  •  Stresses need for lawmakers to step up interventions to protect Nigerians

By Deji Elumoye and Emameh Gabriel

The Senate has expressed concern over the spate of one minute silence usually observed at its plenary as a result of deaths associated with security challenges facing the nation.

This is just as the upper chamber at Tuesday’s plenary observed one minute silence six times for those who lost their lives through killings and murders in the wake of security issues across the country.

The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, who made this observation during plenary, however, stressed the need for the National Assembly to increase its legislative interventions towards ensuring adequate security of lives and property in the country.

Speaking during plenary after the Senate observed one minute silence six times to honour Nigerians who lost their lives to various forms of insecurity in the country, Lawan said: “Let me observe that we have observed about six one-minute silences and most of it was to pray for the repose of the souls of Nigerians who were murdered or killed by criminals.”

He, therefore, emphasised that legislative interventions must be stepped up by the National Assembly to protect Nigerians against the heightening spate of insecurity in the country.

According to him, it is imperative for the National Assembly to step up legislative interventions to reduce the number of deaths caused by criminal activities.

He added that such interventions would be backed by collaborative efforts between the legislature, executive and Nigerians to address Nigeria’s security challenges.

He said: “It is very important that we step up our legislative intervention in ensuring that we protect the lives and properties of Nigerians to reduce the incidence of one-minute silence.

“I believe that the Senate and, indeed, the National Assembly, working together with the executive and getting the support of Nigerians, we can bring the much needed succour to our people and that is why we are here.”

Source: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2021/06/01/insecurity-n-assembly-tired-of-observing-a-minute-silence-for-casualties-says-lawan/

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