Insecurity: Delta commissioner urges NASS to resume plenary

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Mr Charles Aniagwu

The Delta Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, has urged the National Assembly to resume plenary for solutions to the severe security challenges nationwide.

Aniagwu said the lawmakers should call off their recess and join other stakeholders in finding lasting solutions to the insecurity challenges militating against the unity and corporate existence of Nigeria.

The commissioner made the call on Thursday in Asaba while addressing newsmen on some burning issues in the country.

He said it had become expedient in view of the worsening security situation in all parts of the country for the lawmakers to return and help address these issues rather than continue on recess.

He said all tiers of government should close ranks in making the country safe for the masses and unsafe for those against its peace and development.

According to the commissioner, there is a need to seek foreign assistance in the fight against Boko Haram and bandits who had put the country in the present situation.

He, however, lauded the Southern Governors’ Forum for the 12-point communique that had provided a road map in building a new Nigeria where peace would reigns, coupled with the inclusiveness of all interest groups in the Nigerian project.

Aniagwu recalled the 17 Southern state governors had agreed on the ban on open grazing.

He said that the member states would activate the relevant laws through their Houses of Assembly to enforce the ban to restore peace and order in communities sacked from their homes and farmlands.

The commissioner noted that ranching was the best instead of nomadic style of rearing cattle, adding that the challenge of food security was traceable to insecurity across the nation.

The commissioner had earlier said that the Southern Governors’ Forum “Asaba Accord” was a new dawn for Nigeria.

Aniagwu said the meeting of the southern governors on Tuesday was a reunion of those who believed in Zikism and Awoism.

Aniagwu expressed optimism that the President and other stakeholders would listen to the suggestions made by the governors in the interest of the unity of the nation following the endorsement by the Southern Senators and House of Representatives Forum.

“The gathering of the leaders to discuss on how we can make progress at further uniting our country irrespective of their inherent differences, is a confirmation that Nigeria will rise above primordial sentiments to a nation where truth, justice and peace shall reign again.

“What happened on Tuesday in Asaba in no distant time will be seen as the “Asaba Accord”.

“It is the beginning of a new dawn, a new dawn not only for Southern Nigeria, but a new dawn for the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, irrespective of their ethnic inclination or religious background.

“What they have done is not only to save us from progressing to the precipice but to save and further unite our country.

“And I want to believe that their colleagues in the Northern region will see the need to also re-echo the issues very clearly enunciated by the 17 governors of the Southern region with 15 governors clearly in attendance,” Aniagwu said.