Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has condemned the recent incessant killings in the country, especially those in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna and other parts of the country by herdsmen, saying Nigeria is being painted red with the blood of the innocent.
Dogara urged President Muhammadu Buhari to apply maximum sanctions on public officers who are derelict in the performance of their duties.
“The increase in violent crimes in the country is a result of the defects in the country’s security architecture which must be fixed.
“In the same vein, our security related Committees must aggressively conduct oversight of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and institutions handling security matters.
“This is with a view to detecting lapses in the operations of these security agencies and proactively ensure compliance with approved funds and procurement of appropriate equipment.
“We are all painfully aware of the wave of murders of innocent Nigerians that has been sweeping through the nation.
“From the senseless killings in Rivers State, to the killing rampages in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Zamfara, Adamawa, Edo and other states.
“Our dear country is now being painted red with the blood of the innocents on account of unremitting bedlam callously promoted by cold hearted merchants of death.
“At these moments of intense outpouring of grief across the nation, it is important that we shun buck passing and accept responsibility for these wanton killings without which we will never find a solution to this evil,’’ Dogara said.
The Speaker, who sought the cooperation of government agencies, assured that the House would ensure that the 2018 Appropriation Bill was passed expeditiously.
“I call on the Heads of MDAs to expedite action on demands from our Committees.
“We should all in a constructive manner, resolve any problems that may hinder the smooth and early passage of the budget.
“The deadline we have given to ourselves must remain sacrosanct,’’ he said.
The Speaker further said that the economy would remain the central focus of legislative activities in 2018 to consolidate the country’s exit from economic recession.
“To this end, we must prioritise high economic impact Bills and pass them before the onset of political activities,’’ he said.
He also pointed out the need to conclude the amendment of the Electoral Act and the constitution alteration process to guide electoral matters.
“The Rules of the game must be clear to the actors early enough before the game begins. This is absolutely necessary in order to improve on the standard we set in the last general elections,’’ Dogara said.
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