The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, has called out the security forces in Nigeria, saying that our central security system has failed us.
Lawan, who was addressing series of questions from Journalists recently, implied that although series of efforts had been made by both the executive and the legislative arms of government in the past to address the challenges of insecurity in the country, the security situation keeps worsening.
Senator Lawan calls for the restructuring of the failing architecture of the security system in the nation.
This conclusion was reached after taking a serious overview of the security system which he described as a centralised security architecture that has failed and must be overhauled in all of its ramifications.
The Senate President said,
“if we must get it right in the country, it has become imperative to restructure the security architecture.
“We have had a series of engagements before but the escalation now has made it mandatory that we have a definite position as a government because we just cannot play politics with security issues.
“Lives are being wasted. Therefore, the Senate will take a position on how security in the country should be. We believe that the security architecture should be restructured.
“We believe that the security architecture should be restructured. The present system does not appear to give us the type of outcome we need. Whether it is the federal, state or local government; even the traditional rulers or others, the most important thing is to secure the lives and property of Nigerians and we must do that.
“Apparently and obviously, all hands must be on deck to ensure that we bring back a better security situation like we had before.
“Presently, the story is not good in many areas, so much is happening that is destabilising our communities, killing of our people and we believe that we owe Nigerians the responsibility to intervene and work with the executive arm of government, actually to work together with other tiers of government, the states and local governments to ensure that we change the way we approach security issues in the country.”