By Sylvanus Tyoakaa Abuja
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has asked called on political leaders to be alive to their responsibility of ensuring the protection of lives and property of citizens. The senators of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had earlier staged a walk out from the red chamber in protest against Lawan’s refusal to allow for discussions on the security situation in the country.
The lawmakers had given President Buhari Six weeks within to address the security situation or be impeached.
Addressing the lawmakers shortly before adjourning for the annual recess, Lawan also
urged security agencies to be alert and do more to stop the spates of attacks by terrorists.
He lamented the incessant killings and maiming of Nigerians by terrorists.
He however, assured that the National Assembly would provide the needed support to the military to ensure the restoration of security to affected parts of the country.
Lawan said, “I am particularly concerned like all of us here, through our various interactions, including a very important closed session we had today.
“We (Federal Government) have to be alert and alive to our responsibility, particularly to secure and protect the lives of our citizen.
“The security situation has been a very difficult and challenging one, but, recently, there has been an increase of attacks, killings and maiming of our citizens.
“As part of this administration, we will always provide the kind of support at our military and other security agencies require.
“We have done that before through appropriation and approval of supplementary budget of 2022, where over N900 billion was given as additional funding to our security agencies.
“We know that it may not be enough, but that is significant, and we expect our security agencies to do far better than they are doing at the moment.
“As political leaders, we must have it in mind that we are responsible to the citizens.”