Senators yesterday charged the Executive to change its strategy on the Boko Haram insurgency. The Senate urged the Executive to consider other options and strategies that would be effective in fighting the crisis.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, at plenary in Abuja, described the bomb explosions that left dozens dead in Kano on Monday as regrettable. He said it was high time the Federal Government addressed the security challenge headlong.
Ekweremadu also urged relevant Senate committees to critically appraise the entire appalling scenario with a view to making a positive input. He said: “What happened in Kano is regrettable and we must do everything possible as a country to ensure we end this kind of carnage. “The Federal Government should consider other options towards resolving the crises. “I also would want to urge relevant committees to look at the whole scenario and possibly advise the Senate on the way forward towards addressing the situation.”
Members of the Igbo community in Kano State have rejected the usual mass burial given to victims of bomb explosions. They insisted on retrieving the bodies for proper burial.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Senator Uche Chukwumerije (Abia North), who spoke on behalf of the group, requested that security be tightened in the state to protect all citizens. Chukwumerije urged the Federal Government to directly manage whatever monetary compensation is to be allocated relatives of the dead. Chukwumerije and Senator Kabiru Gaya (Kano South), coming under Order 43, expressed concern over the government’s incompetence to tackle the ugly trend of insecurity in the country.