Senate President David Mark, Tuesday suggested capital punishment as the antidote to the menace of terrorism in the country.
Mark made this known while addressing the Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN), who besieged his office to register their protest against the escalating level of insurgency in the country.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, the senate president was quoted as reiterating the Federal Government’s resolve towards ending the insurgency in the country.
The statement added that Mark described killings in the name of religion as condemnable and totally unacceptable.
“My faith does not accept capital punishment, but as an individual I believe that if you kill, you should be killed as well”, Mark stated.
He further told the aggrieved women: “We are as pained as you are; I think there is no one who is not feeling the pain. In those days, you can travel anytime, anywhere and any village you want to, you are always welcomed and secured. But today, the reverse is the case. We must rise up and collectively condemn this dastardly act in our society”.
The senate president lauded the efforts of the military so far in the campaign against insurgency but was quick to remind Nigerians of the need to be watchful and support the government in the quest to end the menace.
Mark said there is need to win the heart of all and sundry in curbing all forms of insecurity saying: “Beside insurgency, kidnapping and armed robbery goes on in other parts of the country”.
He assured the visitors of the National Assembly’s continued efforts to bring peace back to the nation saying there is no day in the plenary when issues of peaceful co-existence of the citizens is not put on the front-burner during debate.
“All of us have roles to play, not only the elected and the Armed Forces, government need our cooperation in order to bring succour back to our dear nation”, he added.
The senate president thanked FOWMAN for taking the bold step to speak out and condemn the insurgency and insecurity across the nation saying, “truth must be told and the earlier you say it the better”.
Earlier, leader of the delegation, Hajia Hadijat Suleiman stated that FOWMAN decided to visit the National Assembly to express their dismay and anger before the lawmakers, saying, “we are here to show you the bleeding hearts of Nigerian women, the agonizing pain and feeling of despair which the woman folks have been made to face in recent times”.
She added: “FOWMAN mourns with the rest of humanity over the inhuman destruction of creations of Allah and wanton shedding of the blood of innocent citizens in this country.
“We view with sadness, trepidation and a deep concern the continuous escalation of violent attack on innocent lives and property in multiple locations.
“We are mothers, wives, we are nurturers of life, nurturers of families, we are builders and sustainers of nations, we are not destroyers, these killing of our children, our men and indeed women must stop.
“We urged the National Assembly to make a loud and resounding statement and stand up to be counted for the benefit of posterity. Government should explore all avenues to determine the source and sustainers of this phenomenon. It is crime against humanity”.
Mrs. Suleiman, however, pleaded with relevant government agencies to provide relief materials to all victims of the violence.