Nigerians must agree to live in peace and uphold the country’s core values for the much needed change and development to be achieved.
This was the position of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Poverty Alleviation, Senator Ali Wakili, speaking on the Voice of Nigeria’s programme: In The News.
The lawmaker ,who attributed attacks in some parts of the country to impatience and intolerance stressed the need of accepting dialogue as a solution to any misunderstanding.
“We have lost our senses as human beings that on simple pretext we kill ourselves and we profess religion while majority of us don’t have the religious values in us.” Sen. Wakili stressed.
On the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons across the West African region said to be used in the clashes and attacks, Senator Wakili, advised the strengthening of individual countries’ law enforcement agencies to ensure the Ecowas protocol on Free Movement was implemented within the context of the law.
He said: ” It doesn’t mean that because of Ecowas threaty advocates for all these unfetered access it say that we must break the laws of individual countries.
We need to strengthen our various security agencies to do the right work. Unfortunately here in Nigeria we have very large land and maritime borders that we cannot be able to police, but if we will appeal to citizens living along the borders and those in the hinterland to see themselves as human being, government alone cannot do it.”
Last week, the House of Representatives adopted a motion calling for a meeting with the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari over the attacks.
The meeting is to fashion out modalities to strengthen security efforts in dealing with such attacks and other security challenges.
Last month, the lawmakers adopted another motion that demanded a State of Emergency on Security in Southern Kaduna, an area hit by such attacks.