Nigeria: Senate In Heated Session Over Boko Haram

The Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution directing the executive arm of government to use all the instruments within its power to deal with the radical Islamic sect; Boko Haram, whose attacks have killed over a thousand people in the Northern part Nigeria.

The senate passed the resolution after a heated debate which saw tempers rise as several lawmakers suggested solutions to the problem of terrorism by the Boko Haram sect.

Some lawmakers warned that a failure by the government to address the menace of Boko Haram could lead to the disintegration of the country.

Mohammed Saleh (CPC, Kaduna Central) had raised a motion on the Easter Sunday bomb blast in Kaduna that killed several Nigerians.

When it came to Olubunmi Adetunmbi’s (CAN, Ekiti North) turn to make his contributions to the debate, it was obvious that he, like many Nigerians are completely fed up with the terrorist activities of the boko haram sect in the country and he did not mince words about his feelings.

“Is there a government in Nigeria,” Mr Adetunmbi asked.

But his question was not received well by some senators and the drama began as the lawmakers go after each other’s throat.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu tried to calm down the tempers of the lawmakers.

Taking advantage of the respite, Senate spokesman and other lawmakers spoke on the danger that lies ahead should government fail to deal decisively with terrorism.

The Senate thereafter asked the federal government to use all instruments of national power at its disposal to respond to the security crises posed by the boko haram sect.


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