The Senate leadership meets with service chiefs to discuss the country’s security crisis.
The Chief of Defense Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff, DG DSS, and a representative of the National Security Adviser are all present at the meeting.
The closed-door bipartisan meeting with the Service Chiefs is intended to review current security strategies and discuss new solutions.
Speaking at the commencement of the meeting, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the security challenges have lingered and the Senate had hoped that the situation would have been better.
Lawan said the situation is frightening, adding that there is nowhere to hide or go. He stressed that it is dire at this time to come up with an effective solution, as the crisis is dislocating where the head of government is situated.
Senator Lawan while noting that security agencies are doing their best, stressed that more can be done.
Responding, the Chief of Defense Staff General Lucky Irabor said a lot is being done to improve security.
General Irabor emphasized that the troops are still committed to the cause, adding that no one is leaving any stone unturned in addressing the problem.
The meeting between the Senate and the Service Chiefs comes few days after members of the National Assembly threatened to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari if he fails to properly tackle the security crisis in the country within six weeks.
In an unexpected move, Senators, mostly those belonging to the opposition parties, staged a walkout following their call to impeach President Muhammadu.
According to them, the laxity with which the security issue is being treated is appalling and as such a steeper measure to correct the anomalies has become imperative.
Joining their counterparts in the Senate, the minority caucus of the House of Representatives also handed President Muhammadu Buhari a six-week ultimatum to fix insecurity or face impeachment in the National Assembly.
Minority leader of the House of Reps, Ndudi Elumelu, while disclosing the caucus’ position on the matter, said signatures will be gathered to impeach the President if the security situation is not addressed.
In his defense, the president has said that his government is doing its best to stem the tide of insecurity threatening to swallow the nation.
According to President Buhari, the Nigerian military are not helpless in the fight against the insurgents and bandits who pose a grave threat to the peace and sovereignty of the nation.
Buhari, however, called for more more international collaborations to tackle insecurity in the country.
The president in a recent interview promised that he will leave no stone unturned in crushing bandits and terrorists, adding that the service chiefs have been kept on their toes to ensure that banditry and terrorism are decisively addressed.