Saraki, Dogara reveal what was discussed with President Buhari over Plateau killings

The principal officers of the national assembly and president Buhari met following the recent murder of over 120 people in three local government areas in Plateau State.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara spoke about the outcome of their meeting with the president.

Bukola Saraki said:

“Part of the briefing is that he (Buhari) 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.”

The senate president also said at the meeting, the measures the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and security agencies would take towards the crisis was discussed.

The violence between herdsmen and locals in Plateau State has led to the death of about 100 persons in the past week with majority of them killed on Saturday by suspected herdsmen.

Saraki who disclosed further that nobody in the government was happy with the development adding “we will all come together to ensure that we restore sanity”, also commiserated with all families affected by the violence. He said the leadership of the Assembly would also go to Plateau state on a condolence visit.

Saraki appealed to all involved to live together in peace and harmony. He assured that those in government “will continue to do our best to see that this kind of thing will not happen again”.

Yakubu Dogara said:

The President briefed us on what he saw firsthand when he visited Plateau state on Tuesday and the measures he is putting in place to forestall recurrence.

The President has taken enough steps and told us what he is doing especially the reorganisation that he plans to put in place to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.

We also used the opportunity to advise the President on other measures and actions that will help bring lasting peace in our country in accordance with the resolutions passed at the joint emergency closed-door session of the National Assembly held some weeks ago.

These are very sober moments for all us. In a situation where people, in hundreds continued to be killed, we can no longer tolerate this kind of situation as a government.

We call on all relevant government agencies to quickly provide emergency relief services to people in the affected areas.

The House of Representatives and indeed the National Assembly will continue to work towards providing all necessary legislative backing to the security agencies more especially funding needed to reform and equip our armed forces to tackle the prevailing security challenges confronting us as a nation.

I am also restating my earlier call for a total reform and overhaul of our internal security architecture which has failed to address the spate of insecurity in the land.

I want to seize this opportunity to once again offer our condolences to families of victims of violence in Zamfara, Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna Nasarawa, Borno, Yobe and other places and urge our citizens to embrace peace without which there can be no meaningful development. 


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