State of insecurity: Buhari to address House of Reps

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President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed to address the House of Representatives on the state of insecurity in the country, as requested by the lawmakers.

According to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, a date has been agreed on and it will be communicated soon.

He stated this on Wednesday, noting that the president is more concerned than most on the insecurity of the nation and will speak to the Nigerian people through their representatives soon.

The decision to summon President Buhari was taken at Tuesday’s plenary when the House considered a motion moved by members from Borno State on the recent massacre of 43 rice farmers in the state by Boko Haram insurgents.

The debate had earlier turned rowdy after the Speaker appealed that it would be inappropriate to invite the president to disclose the actions being taken towards handling the security situation in the country.

The Speaker had described it as counter-productive.

Meanwhile, the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) on Wednesday in Abuja called on the Federal Government to compensate the families of murdered rice farmers in Borno.

The Boko Haram terrorists on Sunday killed about 48 rice farmers in Borno while on their farms.

AFAN described the killing of the rice farmers as an attempt to cripple the nation’s economy by terrorists.

The factional President of AFAN, Farouk Mudi, while addressing journalists said “we are here to sympathize with our poor farmers that were killed in cold blood in Borno State.

“We are here to sympathise with their families, the government of Borno State and the Government of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“There is no doubt, the people that have done that did it to downgrade the economy of the nation, touching the farmer is like touching the nation’s economy.

“We really sympathize and we’re here to show our anger to these people that have done this massacre on our brothers. Whether we like it or not, the poor farmers are the food basket of this nation.

“And having this done to them is like demoralizing the efforts of farmers and demoralizing the efforts of Nigeria and Nigerians.

“We are also praying that federal government will do something to augment the families of this poor farmers that were massacred by paying compensation.”

The National president, Nigeria Commercial Farmers Association (NCFA) Dr Jones Ozuzu, also called on Nigerians to be cautious in the way they respond to calamities that befalls other

He added that some comments made over the murder of the farmer were only a distraction to government’s intentions.

He also called for appropriate protection for all farmers in the country in order to attain the food security mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari administration.