Nigerian Senate

The Nigerian Senate has adjourned plenary in honour of the 44 soldiers who lost their lives while fighting Boko Haram terrorists.

Speaking during plenary, Senator Bala Na’allah disclosed that Boko Haram terrorists invaded a town and allegedly killed 44 soldiers, which included his cousin.

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In reaction, Senator Ahmad Lawan wondered at the kind of protection that was available to soldiers, “What kind of protection do they have? It is important that we pay surprise visits to them. Let us show these people that even if a soldier dies, his or her family will not suffer.”

Contributing, Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP-Ekiti) expressed sadness at the lost lives, even as she doubted the veracity of the number of casualties.

At the end of the debate, the senators arrived at five resolutions, which included, observing a one-minute silence for the dead soldiers, going on a condolence visit to the to the families of the deceased soldiers and the Chief of Army Staff.

“To Mandate the Committees on Defence and Army to investigate the cause of the killings of the 44 soldiers and to ensure that adequate measures are being taken to curb such killings of our military.

“A delegation of Senators will visit our soldiers on the battlefield.”

The upper legislative chamber also resolved to step down all proceedings of the day in honour of the soldiers who lost their lives.