Herdsmen Crisis: Senate, Presidency Convene National Security Summit
The Nigerian Senate will in partnership with the Presidency hold a two-day National Security summit on Thursday, February 1 and Monday, February 5 at the Banquet Hall of the State House, in a bid to find a common solution to acute and long-term challenges posed by insecurity.
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A statement issued by the Majority Leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, on Tuesday, said that the summit is to be declared open by President Muhammadu Buhari with all the 36 state governors in attendance.
Participants expected at the event include Senators, members of the House of Representatives, Ministers of Defence and Interior, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Service Chiefs and other heads of security agencies.
Others expected at the summit are selected traditional rulers from across the six geopolitical zones, representatives of regional socio-political organizations, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Other stakeholders invited to the summit are the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
The summit will among other things, review the challenges being faced by security agencies in the performance of their duties and chart the way forward towards resolving the issues involved.
The Senate had during plenary, on Tuesday, January 17, resolved to convene a National Security meeting, it also ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, to within 14 days apprehend and prosecute the culprits behind the killings.
The Senate also resolved that the President of the Senate should meet with President Muhammadu Buhari with the recommendations for immediate implementation. The resolution of the Senate was a sequel to the consideration of the Sen. Ahmed Lawan led Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of the Current Security Infrastructure in Nigeria.
The Leadership of the Senate led by the Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki subsequently met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on the decisions and resolutions of the Senate.