The senator representing Plateau North, Istifanus Gyang, has called on President Muhammad Buhari to rise up to his responsibility as the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces and bring the challenge of insecurity under his control.
According to the lawmaker, failure to take the bold step now would allow those who want to overrun the country to succeed in their mission.
He made the call Thursday evening at the National Assembly, while receiving the management staff of the Federal College of Veterinary and Medical Laboratory Technology, Vom, Jos, who honoured him for his community development strides.
Gyang said the legislators at both chambers of the National Assembly were already bringing the issue of security to the front burners and attention of the president all the time, adding that the decisive action of the president would help to tame the challenge.
He said, “One of the places that were having this challenge earlier was Plateau state and my constituency in particular. When it started in our own area, some people felt that it is the community that was the problem. They thought it was the host communities that were generating insecurity, not being hospitable and all sorts of sentiments were attached to it at the early stage.
“But today, all over the country, from the North East, to the North West and even to the South, we now know that it has become a national issue. If we had addressed the issue at the stage where it started without sentiments, some of these things today would not be there. Look at the level of displacement, the level of horrors that we passed through. But today, it has become a national phenomenon.
“There is the need for greater commitment so that we tackle this issue of insecurity decisively. There is a decisiveness that it requires and the government must take full responsibility. We, the elected representatives, as you can see, there is no week, no day that we don’t bring this thing to the attention of the nation, the attention of Mr. President who must take responsibility as the President and Commander-In-Chief of the nation and a decisive action must be taken, otherwise, where we are heading to, some people want to overrun this country.”
Earlier, Provost of the College, Prof. Joseph Okwori, said the management team was at the National Assembly in appreciation of the intervention projects attracted to the school by the lawmaker and how he had responded to their calls severally on issues of emergency and community developments, as the senator representing the district.