President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has called on heads of security agencies in the country to change strategy in the fight against insecurity.
Lawan, who made the call on Tuesday during plenary, said for Nigeria to overcome its security challenges, deliberate and strategic efforts must be made to seek diversified solutions besides the military onslaught against banditry, militancy and insurgency.
According to the Senate President, the National Assembly has been consistent with the approach in coming up with legislative interventions needed to address the security challenges of the country.
He said, “This Senate and indeed the entire National Assembly has been very consistent in trying to find some kind of solution – a more permanent solution to ending the security situation in the country and of course we will continue to do so.
“I agree that we need to diversify our means of getting the solution to the numerous myriads of security challenges across the country.”
Speaking on the rising spate of insecurity in parts of the country especially Imo State where unidentified gunmen had been running riot, Senator Rochas Okorocha, opined that a change in strategy by security heads will go a long way in tackling the situation.
He said, “Where I represent, there is no day that passes in the state without one ugly story of kidnapping, killing, maiming, burning of innocent people’s homes and shops.
“Two weeks ago, it was the killing of traditional rulers. The other day, a policeman was killed, and a few days ago, it was killing of army personnel. Again, the killing of innocent souls and burning of people’s houses and homes calls for serious concern.
“Something must be done to guarantee the safety of lives and properties of citizens of Imo State. The matter requires some form of engagements to really find out what the nitty gritty is and resolve them accordingly.
“Over time, the military and police and other security agencies are involved but it seems to be escalating on a daily basis. We should find a way of resolving this matter so that peace may reign.”
Nigeria is facing one of its toughest security challenges in years with armed groups and kidnappers terrorising different parts of the country on a daily basis.
Despite the change in security chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari not too long ago expected to bring some form of relief, nothing significant has changed as the situation remains worrisome.