Lawmakers Give Buhari 48 Hours To Address Nigerians Over Killings
President Buhari is seeking a second term in office (photo credit: TVC)

Federal lawmakers in Nigeria’s House of Representatives on Thursday gave President Muhammadu Buhari 48 hours to address the nation over the recent killings in Africa’s most populous nation.

Concise News had reported that no fewer than 50 persons, including members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, were last week Tuesday killed in Zamfara state, northwest Nigeria.

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Similarly, at least 20 persons were murdered in Buhari’s home state of Katsina in separate attacks on Tsamiyar Jino and Sabuwa areas.

Several attacks have also been reported in neigbouring Sokoto, Kaduna as well as Benue.

To this end, Buhari, earlier on Thursday, mandated the nation’s security agencies to deal ruthlessly with ‘bandits’ attacking several areas in the country.

But federal lawmakers want more from Nigeria’s commander in chief.

The lawmakers agreed that the President should address them and the nation regarding the attacks.

According to them, should Buhari fail to respond to the request, they would regard his  administration as incapable of permanently curtailing the incessant killing of innocent Nigerians.

The House resolved to constitute an ad-hoc committee to interface with the Presidency regarding the request.

It was learned that the committee would also engage the Minister of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, and service chief among others, in a public hearing to find permanent solutions to the killings.

The resolutions were agreed on following a matter of urgent public importance raised by Honourable Mark Gbillah, a member from Benue.

The House demanded to know the immediate measures the President was taking to provide the security agencies with the required resources to confront and dislodge the criminals from their hideouts.