Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has described last week’s killings in some villages in Plateau State as a “national shame.”
Dogara who stated this in his address at the resumption of the House from the three-week recess, on Tuesday, said Nigerians were “fast losing confidence” in the nation’s security system, that the unresolved killings showed that Nigeria’s security agencies “have fallen short of the demands of their offices and the expectations of the nation.”
“History will have a harsh verdict for us as a government if we fail to live up to this responsibility and it won’t matter if we succeed in other areas”, he said.
“Unfortunately, the stark reality now is that our citizens are fast losing confidence in our security system. This must not be the case. Before we ebb to the realm of anarchy, we must rise up as true representatives of the Nigerian people to salvage the situation and defend our hard-won democracy,” the speaker said.
He further noted that the unresolved issue of rampant killings calls for more concerted efforts by the National Assembly.
“Let me seize this opportunity to again call on all Nigerians to give peace a chance, and to have respect for the sanctity of life,” he said.
“Our citizens must never lose hope in project Nigeria because evil, no matter how viciously prosecuted, will never triumph over Nigeria,” Dogara added.