Lawan: Nigeria’s Existence Under Threat

Lawan: Nigeria’s Existence Under Threat — We Need Better Investment In Security
Ahmed Lawan

President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan has expressed concern over the insecurity in the country, saying the existence of the country is under threat.

Lawan stated this on Wednesday at the special summit on national security organised by the house of representatives.

Lawan stated that the country has come under serious security threats, adding that even law enforcement agencies are not left out.

“Let me start by commending the leadership of the house for organising this very special summit on national security. I want to say here that Nigeria is at a crossroads today. The very essence of the existence of this country is under serious threat,” he said.

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“What started as insurgency in 2009 or so in the north-western part of Yobe has now snowballed into full scale insurgency in the entire north-east.

“What was not known to us in the north-west is now today the home of banditry and kidnapping. The north-central as we all know is not safe. It suffers the clashes between the herders and our farmers.

“And the recent introduction in the south-east is another serious threat to the existence of this country. Where government institutions are targeted, our police and security agencies personnel are being killed on a daily basis.

“Our institutions, buildings are burnt. I believe that these are threats not only to these areas but the entire nation. And our armed forces are doing their best.

“A criminal has only one name and that is criminal. No criminal should have comfort in his ethnic enclave. Whoever, where that person is, once he is a criminal, he is simply a criminal and must be dealt with in the appropriate manner regardless of where he or she is coming from.

“It is also important that we provide resources — more resources — for our security agencies to enable them better tackle the criminal activities across the country. And our armed forces can do that.

“But the fact remains that we have not enabled them enough. Today in this country, there is no better investment than investing in the security of our people.”

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