by Linda Ikeji
Following the abduction of students of the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the National Assembly will continue to engage the Executive arm of government until appropriate action is taken to address the growing insecurity in many parts of the country.
He noted that the lawmakers are worried that nothing has been done to save the country from a worsening security problem.
Recall that the Senate had recently advised President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the country’s service chiefs without further delay, a call the Presidency ignored.
Lawan stated this in his concluding remark on a motion considered during plenary on Tuesday into the recent kidnapping of students.
“There’s nothing more important for the government to do than securing the lives of citizens of this country, and at all times,” Lawan said.
“As a parliament, we should never get tired of talking about issues that affect our people. We have our own limitations because of the structure of how governance must be carried out, but we must never get tired of reporting what is happening to our people.
“I believe that we should think outside the box. What are those new things that we need to say to bring everybody to the table for the kind of action we believe in the Senate and, indeed the National Assembly, that should be taken.
“We are part of government, but we have a specialized function, and all these things that we appear to be worried about that nothing has been done is because of the function that we have been appropriated to by the Constitution. But it doesn’t mean we are wasting our time.
“We should continue to engage with the Executive arm of government until the appropriate actions are taken, because that is what we are expected to do as a Parliament,” the Senate President said.