The President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have given insights into what they discussed with President Muhammadu Buhari, over the violence in Plateau State.
The two Principal Officers of the National Assembly, met with President Buhari, earlier on Wednesday, at his official residence, before the President went to attend the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC.
Speaking with Journalists after they emerged from the meeting, Saraki revealed that they commiserated with the President, and then got a briefing from him.
“Part of the briefing is that he explained how steps are being taken to forestall re-occurrence and restore sanity, because this is a great concern to him and to us also”, Saraki said.
The Senate President, also disclosed that at the meeting, the measures the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and Security Agencies would take towards the crisis, was discussed.
Saraki noted that nobody in the government was happy with the development, adding that: “We will all come together to ensure that we restore sanity.”
Saraki commiserated with all the families affected by the violence. He stated that the leadership of the National Assembly would also go to Plateau State, on a condolence visit.
Also speaking, Dogara said that Buhari briefed them on “what he saw firsthand, when he visited Plateau yesterday, and measures he was putting in place to ensure that we do not have a relapse, or a recurrence.”
“We can no longer tolerate this kind of situation as a government. Whatever it is, we must not lose the fight against violence, because we cannot lose that fight and still keep our civilization”, he said.
The Speaker further revealed a visit to the North-East, can clearly show the level of devastation caused by boko haram.
“Everything resembling progress from Schools to Hospitals to Government Institutions, everything has been pulled down. And we do not want a replication of this all over the country.”
He stressed that Buhari has taken enough steps, which cannot be discussed in public because, “these are security issues.”
“These are not matters that you can discuss, but he has told us what he is doing, the re-organisation that he plans to put in place, to ensure that this does not happen.
“My advice to our people, not just in Plateau State, but Benue, Zamfara, Taraba, virtually some communities faced with this situation, especially in the North, I think the issue of securing our communities, living in peace, must be taken as a project.
“It is something each and every one of us must invest in, whether as Traditional Rulers, as Community Leaders, Councillors, Chairmen, all strata of society, must invest in peacebuilding.
“That is is the only way we can live in a secure community, and ensure that we progress, as a country”, he said.
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