Plateau Killings: Reps condemn act
The House of Representatives on Tuesday condemned the recent killing of no fewer than 200 persons in Plateau by suspected herdsmen, describing it as “barbaric and terrorism’’.
This followed a motion under Matters of Urgent Public Importance by Rep. Istifanus Gyang (PDP-Plateau).
The lawmaker said that aside the killings, 52 villages were razed in the attacks.
In his contribution, Rep. Sunday Karimi (PDP-Kogi) said that President Muhammadu Buhari had failed in his constitutional duties of providing security for Nigerians.
The Majority leader, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, said the issue had gone beyond ethnicity and party affiliation and urged the House to find a lasting solution to the matter.
He demanded whether the House would pay attention to stories relating to the killings on social media, which he described as “fake news”.
While calling for change in the security architecture of the country, Gbajabiamila, suggested a constitutional amendment for the establishment of State Police.
Rep. Nnena Elendu-Ukeje (PDP-Abia) observed that the reaction of Presidential Spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on the matter was insensitive and urged the mainstream media to have a responsible reportage of the situation.
Another member, Rep. Babashir Balle (APC-Kano) said that what the country was facing at the moment was as a result of system failure.
The lawmaker said he lost a cousin in the ugly incident in Plateau.
He prayed against religious war and called on Nigerians to put their acts together to move the country forward.
After the debate, the house declared the killings as act of genocide and urged the Federal Government to take decisive measure to stop the phenomenon and secure communities and areas under attack.
They advised President Muhammadu Buhari to go beyond verbal condemnation of the attacks and take practical steps to give effect to section 14(2)(b) of the Constitution as amended.
The lawmakers also resolved to revisit the Constitution review process to empower states to establish their own police outfit