This is just as a lawmaker called for the resignation or sacking of the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, saying he should have been sacked along with the last set of service chiefs.
The House cut short its plenary on Thursday, following an extended debate on the growing insecurity in the country, during which emotions ran high in the chamber.
Items on the Order Paper for the day, which contains the agenda for each plenary, were stepped down after the lawmakers, mostly members of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, spent over one hour criticising the Buhari-led regime and security agencies.
A member of the House, Shehu Balarabe, had moved a motion of urgent public importance on the killings in Kaduna.
The Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, noted that he would use his “emotion-laden voice” to speak in his capacity as leader of the House and the “ambassador of the government on this floor.”
Ado-Doguwa said, “You can see how this chamber is thrown into disquiet and into an emotionally-disturbed manner. When you have a government in place, the major responsibility of that government, especially a democratic one which was elected by the people, is to ensure safety of lives and properties of its innocent citizens.
When things like this continue, and continue on a daily basis, those of us who are representatives of the government will become speechless. I have to repeat: we become speechless in the discharge of our duties here to defend actions by the government.
“This is an elected government under a popular democracy but we continue, day in day out…killings, massacre, banditry, armed robbery left, right, and centre. This is just a report of one local government area out of the 774 of the federation.”
The majority leader asked why several parts of Kaduna State have been under attack despite the existence of several military and paramilitary institutions and bases, “the highest number you can count in the northern part of the country,” in the state.
“The government, in this case, has to rise up to its responsibility and call a spade a spade,” he stated.
Ado-Doguwa pointed out that the National Assembly had always appropriated more funds for the security agencies, while relevant committees have been following up on the use of the funds in the implementation of the budget.
He said, “We are here for Nigerian people; we must speak for Nigerian people. We cannot sit down here, fold our arms and see our electorate – people who elected us into our respective offices – being killed by the day.”
The majority leader described the situation as an “institutional failure” and “regimented failure on the part of our security agencies because you have no cause to even excuse any one of them.”
Nigerian Women Basketball Team, D’Tigress Disagrees With Two-year Ban By Buhari Government
The women basketball team, D’Tigress, has pleaded with the Nigerian government to overturn the embargo placed on international basketball competitions for two years.
This was contained in a statement on its Twitter handle on Friday.
The Nigerian government had announced that Nigeria would not participate in international basketball competitions for two years.
It hinged this decision on the lingering leadership crisis in the Nigerian Basketball Federation.
But in the statement released on Friday, D’Tigress faulted the government’s decision stating that the ban would take away their future competitions, accomplishments, and goals.
The D’Tigress said, “We, as the Women’s National Team of Nigeria, would like to speak on the government’s recently placed two-year ban on all Nigerian Basketball international competitions.
“The D’Tigress team would like to state that we do not agree with this ban. This ban is taking away all our future competitions, accomplishments, and goals to elevate, inspire, and make Nigeria proud.
“We would like to be given the opportunity to play for our country that we passionately love to represent in this upcoming @FIBAWWC competition.
“We have worked very hard to be three times Afrobasket Champions, Olympians and now we are blessed with another opportunity to continue that representation for Nigeria.
“We want Nigerian basketball to continue to grow and succeed on every level; from the local leagues, grassroots, and even on the international stage. We believe that all levels of Nigerian basketball can excel with the proper attention, togetherness, and organisation. Our team is a testament to how successful Nigerian Basketball can be and how we have been an inspiration to all Nigerian athletes across the globe.
“We wish to express our gratitude to all the coaches, medical staff, organisers, and fans. This ban not only penalises us but you all as well. Your commitment and loyalty to our team will never go unnoticed.”
Gunmen Abduct Keffi Local Government Chairman In Nasarawa, Driver, Kill Policeman
The Chairman of Keffi Local Government Area in Nasarawa State, Hon Muhammad Baba Shehu, has been abducted by gunmen.
Shehu, according to a report by Nation, was abducted on Friday evening alongside his driver while heading for Lafia, the state capital, after attending a meeting.
The incident occurred in the Gudi district of the Akwanga Local Government Area around 6:30pm on Friday.
The gunmen also reportedly killed the police orderly of the chairman, Sergeant Alhassan Habibu Nasir.
The police sergeant was killed during a shootout with the gunmen. He died on the spot.
The chairman attended the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Keffi Old Boys Association (KOBA) at the Government College Keffi and shortly after making his speech informed them that he was leaving for Lafia.
The gunmen reportedly opened fire on his official vehicle as he approached Gudi, killing his police orderly and abducting him and the driver.
Gudi is the home town of the state Governor, Abdullahi Sule.