The senator representing Borno South senatorial District, Nigeria in the 9th Assembly, Senator Ali Ndume has decried the inability of the security agents to win the war against the insurgents citing lack of modern equipment, technology and funding as the bane of the success against the unconventional war that has faced the nation for over a decade.
He stated this in a motion raised on the floor of the Senate via order 41 of the Senate standing rule.
According to the Senator, it became necessary to get the attention of the executive to the plight of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies. He noted with sadness that within a month, the Nigerian Army has lost about 42 of its soldiers to insurgents and bandits.
Ndume noted that these casualties can be managed and possibly averted if the army had modern gadgets, technology and adequate funding.
The lawmaker also noted that this is one of the reasons why most of the men of the Nigerian Army are turning in their resignation letter to avoid becoming casualty of the unconventional warfare.
Other lawmakers who contributed to the motion lamented that the implication of this disturbing development is capable of frustrating the war against insurgency and banditry. They equally pointed out that many members of the armed forces who are afraid of losing their lives have started resigning from the military.
The prayers to this point of order include, observance of a minute silence for the fallen heroes, urging of the Federal government to urgently procure modem equipment’s for security agents and increase more funding to end this warfare.
The Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Customs, Senator Ayo Fadahunsi, proposed an additional prayer that demanded the stepping aside of the service chiefs and his prayer was seconded by Senator Betty Apiafi.
The joint committees on Defense, Army, Air force, Police, and Interior were also mandated to receive briefings from the new service chiefs and the Minister of Interior on the disturbing development.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, ruled on the prayer and it was overwhelmingly supported by all the senators in attendance.