…Accuses Elites Of Plans To Divide Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari will ask for more funds through a supplementary budget to the National Assembly to tackle the spate of insecurity across the country.
He is expected to send the supplementary budget request to the National Assembly before the end of April.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, disclosed this while speaking to journalists in his home town Gashua on Saturday.
Lawan said the money would be deplored to states facing security challenges such as kidnapping, insurgency, banditry and militancy.
He said: “About the issue of security, I think the National Assembly has done quite a lot in that area working with the Executive arm of government and, recently, on Monday or so, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and I met with Mr. President, and the center of our discussion was the security of the country.
“How do we engage the security of this country? It has been a nagging issue, but it is not an issue that cannot be solved.
“With the appointment of the new Service Chiefs, we have seen newer strategies and Mr. President and the National Assembly will be working to provide more resources in the supplementary budget which the presidency will submit sometime maybe this month to the National Assembly.
“We (National Assembly) are prepared to give every possible resource to our security agencies to fight and restore normalcy to every part of the country, whether it is insurgency, banditry, militancy or kidnapping.
“We believe that we need to have security before life can be better, because you can’t do anything or attract direct foreign investments, even farming becomes impossible in some states because of the level of insecurity.
“So, security is key. It is essential and a necessity that we have to restore normalcy in this area and, Mr. President gave the security chiefs six weeks to restore security in our rural areas, particularly because the rainy season will come pretty soon – maybe in the next two months and without security in the rural areas, there’ll be no farming.
“And when there’s no farming, our food security will be threatened and our security situation will be further complicated.”
The senate president accused some elites as being behind the clamour to break up Nigeria.
Those people, he said, are in the minority, even as he said that would be better off as a united country.
He said those behind the minority agitations were disgruntled elites bent on satisfying their self-serving interest to the detriment of majority of Nigerians.
“Nigeria will continue to be one. What we need to emphasize always is equity, justice and fairness to all, for all.
“I think this is one way to go, probably the only way to go to ensure that everybody feels belonged.
“This administration has done quite a lot in that area, if you look at the spread of federal government projects across the country, you will agree with me that the federal government has not favored any part of the country.
“I think the government is doing quite a lot to ensure that there’s that equitable distribution of projects across the country,” he said.