The senator representing Ekiti Central in the Senate, Opeyemi Bamidele, has said he is not convinced that President Muhammadu Buhari is aware of the security challenges facing the country.
Bamidele, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stated this on Tuesday while contributing to a motion sponsored by the senator representing Niger East, Mohammed Sani Musa.
While moving a motion, Musa had called the attention of the Senate to reports that Boko Haram has hoisted its flag in a village at Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
Speaking, Bamidele suggested that a meeting between the Senate leadership, President Buhari and the relevant stakeholders should be held with a view to finding solutions to the security challenges.
“I’m not even not convinced that Mr President is aware of everything that is happening. And if you (Senate President) are meeting with the commander-in-chief, all the service chiefs and all the relevant people will be there,” Bamidele said.
His suggestion was adopted as part of the prayers in Musa’s motion.
Also speaking, Ike Ekweremadu, representing Enugu West, said any government that cannot protect its citizens has lost its legitimacy.
“We should not be ashamed to seek support. Time has come for the Nigerian state to shut down and protect its citizens. It’s time to shut down this Senate and in an executive session find a solution to this problem,” the former deputy president of the senate said.
In his submission, Matthew Urhoghide, representing Edo South, supported Ekweremadu’s position, calling on the Federal Government to seek external help in addressing the country’s security challenges.
“Please, as a solution, apart from massive recruitment in police and armed forces, we should invite anyone that can help us in the fight (against insecurity),” he said.