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Insecurity: Senate Meets Service Chiefs

Senate has met with the service chiefs over the state of security in the country.

Gatekeepers News reports that Senate President Ahmad Lawan described the country’s security situation as “most frightening.”

The meeting which was held on Wednesday was attended by Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor; Inspector-General of police (IGP), Usman Baba, and other heads of security agencies.

Lawan expressed concern over how the insecurity would affect foreign investment.

He said, “There are, of course, several arguments whether the resources available to our armed forces and our security agencies are enough or not.

“Definitely not enough. I don’t know of any country where there is enough really. But even within the scarcity that we have, this administration and this senate and national assembly have always prioritised the security of our country.

“This particular session of the interaction between us is to look into where we are today and probably this current position where we are is most frightening because it is like there is nowhere to hide, nowhere to go.

“Where our agricultural productivity is drastically going down, that will complicate the security situation because the most ordinary Nigerian cares more about what he or she or what the family will eat. And of course, all other things are secondary.

“We have problems with our economy to some extent because of insecurity. No foreign direct investment or not as much as we would ordinarily attract to our country.

“Our prayer is to start seeing serious, remarkable, and dramatic changes from today.”

On his part, Irabor said, “Quite a lot has happened, quite a lot has been done, quite a lot is being done to ensure that we improve on the security situation across the country.

“The commitment is there. It’s very profound. I believe that as we go into discussions on specifics, it will be clear that no one is leaving any stone unturned in redressing all the imbalances within the security environment.”

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