ABUJA – Following the killing of not less than 30 persons in Auno, Borno State on Sunday, the upper chamber of the National Assembly, on Thursday, charged the defence headquarters to investigate what transpired.
The Senate also urged military and security agencies to reengineer or rejig their approach towards fighting insurgency.
This is even as the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, who presided over the plenary on Thursday said there was the need for a better structure and architecture for the security to provide the necessary service that the nation’s need.
The resolutions of the Senate were sequel to the point of order raised by the former Borno State governor, Senator Kassim Shettima.
The Senate, which observed a minute silence for the victims, condemned in strong terms the dastardly act perpetuated by the insurgents.
The lawmakers urged the Federal Government to begin a rehabilitation of the affected communities and also urged the military operative to launch a base in Auno to intensify efforts in the fight against insurgency in the North East.
Instructing the defence headquarters to find what transpired in Auno, the Senate also urged the Federal Government through National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to send relief items to the affected families.
In his contribution, the Senate Minority Leader, Eyinnaya Abaribe, pointed out that if the lawmakers were going to observe one minute silence for every victim of those who have died in the carnage all these time, they are probably going to stand for 28 or 29 days.
He said: “I want to comment on just an aspect of the prayers which is for us to do one minute silence for the victims of the Auno attack.
“I was just sitting down here with Senator Aduda and I was calculating how many minutes in a day and how many victims we have and just to point out a very poignant fact that if we stand here for one minute for every victim of those who have died in this carnage all these time, we are going to probably stand for 28 or 29 days, we will be standing just because of people who have died. We must take note of that.”
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