Nigerian Lawmakers Meet Buhari Over Worsening Security Situation, Violence In South Kaduna

Governor Nasir El-Rufai

by Samuel Ogundipe,

The House of Representatives on Thursday said its leadership would meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the ongoing violence in Southern Kaduna.

The lawmakers also lashed out at security agencies for failing to live up to their calling.

The House’s position followed a motion of urgent national importance raised by Simon Arabo, a lawmaker from Kauru Federal Constituency where renewed attacks reportedly killed no fewer than 100 people within the past week.

Mr. Arabo also requested that a national conference be convened by the parliament to address the lingering clashes in different parts of the country.

Following contributions from all lawmakers who unanimously backed Mr. Arabo, Speaker Yakubu Dogara ruled that the motion was approved.

Mr. Dogara also called on the security agencies to live up to their responsibility.

The House resolution came amid clashes between herdsmen and residents across Southern Kaduna.

On Wednesday, the Senate summoned the Inspector-General of Police to appear for questioning over the crisis. Governor Nasir El-Rufai paid a visit to the hostile settlements last week and sued for peace.