The Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Dr. Bukola Saraki asked Monday for President Goodluck Jonathan to convey a bipartisan meeting of political stakeholders and religious leaders to discuss the way out of the security challenges facing the country.
Saraki, who is the immediate past governor of Kwara State, made the call in a statement reacting to the deadly bomb blast that occurred in the Nyanya area of Abuja, FCT on Monday morning.
He said action and commitment, was what is needed now in tackling the growing menace of insecurity if there will be a way out.
He expressed concern that the spate of insecurity has weakened the national economy as well as the political strength of the nation; hence the need for all leaders to put aside their personal feelings and do smothering that will end the recurring carnage.
Excerpt from the statement, personally signed by Saraki, reads: “It is unfortunate that in the face of this growing insurgency, the Federal Government has been unable to overcome the challenge and provide adequate and holistic approach to security for the lives and properties of Nigerians.
“Beyond usual promises and consolations to the masses, the Federal Government should improvise and adopt advanced security measures and counter terrorism strategies that can provide adequate security in the nation.
“There is an urgent need for Political cooperation across the board. I call on Mr President to call a joint meeting of leaders from all political divides, religious and opinion leaders to deliberate on the nation’s security plight. Enough of rhetoric and workshop or summit on security matter. What we need now is action and commitment. It is my belief that for the sake of the innocent lives our political resolve must be as strong as the military option. I sympathize with the families of those affected and pray Almighty Allah comforts them.”