BREAKING: Chibok – Senate moves security motion
On the 29th of April 29, 2014, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, held a plenary session and moved a motion on the abduction of school children in Chibok, Borno State. The senate leader was Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba.
The issue relating to the kidnap of schoolgirls in Chibok took a strong turn when Senator Maina Ma’Aji Lawan took the floor, he explained to the senators that islands in places like Lake Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Sambisa that border Nigeria have been deserted. With this desertion have come thick forests that make penetration to rescue the school girls very difficult. He asked for other senators to face the issue at hand, considering the fact that the military is obviously lacking something.
Senator Ndume who represents Borno South was close to tears as he recounted the story of the Chibok abduction. He reported to the floor that military personnel were at the scene as soon as the abduction plot was uncovered but for some reason, went in the exact opposite direction. He begged the house to do everything within its power to rescue the girls because he was sure that if things were in place, this current situation would not have happened. He complained that there was no motivation or equipment for the soldiers on ground. He personally gave an account of how he had to send cartons of Indomie to them sometimes. He asked for more troops to be deployed in these areas and that the Defence arm should account for the budget being allocated to them.
Very closely, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe started off his comments with an adage “When you carry the corpse of someone you don’t know, people will call it firewood.” He lamented that when the Boko Haram crisis started, nobody took it seriously but now, it concerns all of us. He complained that information given to the military is not well implemented and very unintelligent of the military to move in the opposite direction when the abduction was reported.
Senator Helen Esuene who represents Akwa-ibom South made known the fact that the budget allocated for Defence is more than enough and there is no excuse. She made it clear that these children are the leaders of tomorrow as they were abducted at the prime of their age. Another Senator, Zaynab Kure was also given the floor, where she asked for action. She stated that what was being said at the plenary was not anything new and rather urged the security agencies to get the children released in at most 3 days.
As Senator Ahmad Lawan addressed the senate, he pointed out that the abduction was a deliberate action to cripple the nation knowing that when a girl child is trained, a nation is built. He complained that although the military is patriotic, they are handicapped. He complained that the President of the federation has not been to any warfront except the Nyanya explosion site. He pointed out that it was almost impossible to get information out of people who feel neglected. He begged also that no life of any Nigerian should be toyed with for political gains.
In quick succession, Senator Magoro Mohammed asked for the role of neighboring countries in all of these crises. He asked for a better relationship between Nigeria and neighboring countries and suggested for a summit between the heads of the neighboring countries and Nigeria.
Senator Ehigie Edobor Uzamere representing Edo south quickly chipped in that the co-operate existence of Nigeria should be negotiated – a topic the President has tagged a “No go area.” Senator Ayogu Eze on the other hand commended the thoughts of the senate president for the efforts being put in place. Nonetheless, he pleaded for a closer look at other terrorist activities in the country as the insurgency in Nigeria is not only restricted to the North. He argued that for helicopters to have brought food to the abducted girls – as confessed by the self-freed girls – it shows lack of communication between the military and people. He stated clearly that something has gone wrong with professionalism.
While Senator Adetumbi Olubunmi gave the final comments on the deliberation, he complained that Nigeria has lost its territory with its constitution suspended. He expressed bitterness as he prayed that Nigeria wasn’t fighting herself since we can’t see the enemy. “We are the aggressors and victims at the same time,” he said. He went further to remind the Senate President of the upcoming African Economic summit and that hopefully; the missing girls wouldn’t be the subject of discussion. He also reminded the Senate President that the decision made to curb this insurgency now would define his office and tenure.
The Senate President did not round off the plenary session without first, lamenting on the inability of the military to rescue the girls up till date. He stated that he has often asked for a dialogue but it is high time the insurgents begin to beg for that dialogue. He asked for all hands to be on deck and requested for a daily brief to Nigerians so that everyone knows what is happening or being done. He appealed to the military to ask for foreign assistance if the need be as this is a national challenge with nothing to be ashamed of.
Seeing as it is the 15th day of the abduction, the senate moved for some prayers of which urging the government at all levels to provide adequate security for schools in their area was a strong focal point. Also, the government was urged to seek the aid of other countries in search of the young girls. All prayers moved for in the plenary session were approved.