SENATE on Tuesday questioned why President Muhammadu Buhari should remain in office as the commander-in-chief if he cannot marshal the country’s security to protect the people.
The vote of no confidence on Buhari’s ability to secure Nigeria came in the wake of Saturday’s brutal massacre of 43 rice farmers in the Zabarmari District of Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.
More of the anger surprisingly came from die-hard pro-Buhari lawmakers from the core North of Nigeria.
Senator Kashim Shettima (APC Borno Central) fired the first salvo in a motion calling for urgent decisive action against Boko Haram, pointing out that the primary responsibility of government is to protect the lives and property of citizens.
Shettima lamented the rice farm massacre, especially the information that the killings took place not too far away from the location of Nigeria security agencies.
“It is disheartening that more than 67 citizens were beheaded while they were working in their farmland without any form of resistance, or challenge from the security stationed a few kilometers away,” he said.
According to him, any government that has failed in this regard is unworthy of the people’s legitimacy.
“Protecting the lives and property of citizens is the primary obligation of the government and any government that cannot discharge this basic obligation loses any iota of legitimacy,” he added.
The next blast came from the lawmaker who represents Buhari from Katsina State, Ahmad Baba Kaita, stated that Buhari may have done his best, but noted that his best has not been good enough to keep Nigeria secured.
This was as he called for the probe of Nigeria’s military spending that according to the lawmaker has come with almost nothing to show for it.
“The moment of truth has come. It is no longer acceptable to every Nigerian we cannot accept the explanation coming from the military”.
“We have to sit and re-access the situation. Day in day out the same scenario continues to play out. If we allow this to go, let’s be ready for mourning. I believe the President is doing his best but the best is not good enough,” he warned.
Quoting sections of the Nigerian Constitution, Senator Ali Ndume from Borno South also noted that the sole responsibility of government is the security and welfare of its citizens.
He stressed that any serious government should be able to quell Boko Haram in less than six months.
This was after Ndume painted the pitiable life of Nigerian soldiers at war, how they share guns to use, and how Boko Haram has seized virtually everywhere in Borno, and even have the audacity to set up roadblocks and collect harvest fees and levies from farmers.
He called for a review of the current security architecture and a timeline for the service chiefs to deliver or get fired.
Senator Adamu Aliero from Kebbi State shared in the sentiment when he said the service chiefs have outlived their usefulness.
The disappointment was, however, not limited to lawmakers from the North.
Senator Opeyemi Bamidele from Ekiti Central and Senator George Sekibo from Rivers State added their voice to the growing calls asking Buhari to act.