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Senate in heated debate over call on Buhari to resign..service chiefs, IG must go!

A debate on the worsening security situation in the country led to fireworks in the Senate on Wednesday.

The session became rowdy following a call by the Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over his inability to safeguard the lives and property of Nigerians since 2015.

The Senators were however divided on the necessity of adopting a state police model in the country.

However, they were unanimous on the urgent needs for the President to sack the present Service Chiefs.

Abaribe insisted that Buhari and the All Progressives Congress(APC) had told Nigerians during their electioneering campaigns to stone them if they fail to perform.

He said: “it is now time to pick stones to stone them” in view of their obvious failure.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan cut Abaribe short.

He called on him and all those who were going to contribute to the debate to be apolitical.

He said that bandits and Boko Haram insurgents do not operate on partisan grounds when they kill citizens.

Abaribe said: “When I was coming this morning, I saw a newspaper headline of THISDAY, which said: the ‘Commander-In-Chief expresses shock at the level of violent crimes’ in the country.

“In other words, Mr President was expressing surprise but in accordance to our rules in Order 53 (13), I will not go into that but I can only say in pidgin English ‘this surprise, surprise me.’

“Mr. President, you have told us that on this solemn day and in discussing this matter, that we may not at any point be partisan.

“I want to say Mr. President, if you didn’t insist that we will not be partisan, I would have called out the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, who when the CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) leaders complained about the killing of a priest, he turned around and said CAN was acting like a political party.

“Now that we are talking about it here, let me hear him say that all of us are acting like a political party when many are complaining about these incessant deaths in this country.

“Because we have to get to the root of this matter, I can only say one thing: those who live by propaganda will die by propaganda.

“This is a matter of life and death and I was building up to something and I will say what I was building up to simply.

“Boko Haram has been defeated, Nigeria is now safer, everything that was being done to make sure that the hard work that was supposed to be done in securing Nigeria was not done because certain people did not do their work but preferred to cover the eyes of Nigerians with propaganda and trying to find all these excuses for non-performance have now come to stare us in the face.

“Mr President, Nigerians did not elect the Inspector General of Police, we did not elect the Chief of Staff, we did not elect the Joint Chiefs or the National Security Adviser.

“We elected the government of APC in 2015 and re-elected them in 2019. The reason we re-elected them is that they continued to tell us that they had the key to security.

“When you want to deal with a matter, you go to the head, so we will go to government and ask this government to resign because they can no longer do anything.”

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