Senate President Ahmad Lawan has expressed belief in Nigeria’s service chiefs’ ability to win the fight against insurgency and insecurity.
Lawan made the statement on Thursday as he welcomed the country’s security chiefs into the Senate Chamber for a discussion with lawmakers about the country’s security situation.
He mentioned that the security chiefs are doing their best with the resources they have, but that the Senators will continue to support their efforts to reduce insecurity through legislation.
General Lucky Eluoye Onyenucheya Irabor (Chief of Defence Staff), Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru (Chief of Army Staff), Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo (Chief of Naval Staff), and Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao (Chief of Naval Staff) are among the security chiefs in attendance (Chief of Air Staff).
The meeting also includes Usman Baba, the Acting Inspector General of Police, Babagana Munguno, the National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd), and Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency.
Before the meeting went into closed session, Lawan reassured the security chiefs that the lawmakers would provide the required resources.
The Senate President said: “You recall our resolution to invite them for briefing on security situation in our dear country.
“On behalf of all of us Senators, I want to welcome this team and let me quickly assure all of you that indeed this Senate or the entire National Assembly is and will remain a partner in progress with you.
“On behalf of my colleagues, I want to commend our armed forces and other security agencies for fighting the myriad of security challenges across the country.
“In the process, some have given up their lives.
“We appreciate what you are doing because we know that you are doing your best with what you have at hand.
“I want to assure you and everyone that the challenges we face are taken seriously and extremely by the Parliament.
“Hardly a day passes without this Senate discussing one security incident or the other. And it has been so for many years, not only this session.
“Once again, I welcome you and trust us with what you think will help us as a parliament to help the cause of Armed forces and other security agencies to perform better because you haven’t achieved the optimum and I can attribute that to inadequate resources.
“We pray that at the end of this interaction, we will see better ways and means of providing the necessary provision of resources to enable our armed forces continue with national case to provide national security.
“We need to protect the lives and property of citizens to stabilise our environment for economy to receive better investments for this country; to be a hub for investments that will provide employment opportunities to our teeming youths. Thank you very much.”