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“The president has taken enough steps”: What Speaker Dogara said after meeting Buhari over Plateau massacre

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“The president has taken enough steps”: What Speaker Dogara said after meeting Buhari over Plateau massacre

Following a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday morning, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, released a personally signed statement to the press.

The visit to the presidential villa alongside senate president Bukola Saraki concerned the Plateau state deadly violence which has resulted in over 100 deaths.

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Dogara stated that he and Saraki requested for the meeting “in order to hear from the president the steps and measures he is taken to end the orgy of killings and violence not only on the Plateau but in other parts of the country.”

According to the Speaker:

  • President Buhari “has taken enough steps and told us what he is doing especially the reorganisation that he plans to put in place to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.”
  • The national assembly leaders advised the president on “other measures and actions that will help bring lasting peace in our country in accordance with the resolutions passed at the joint emergency closed-door session of the National Assembly held some weeks ago.”
  • “We can no longer tolerate this kind of situation as a government. We call on all relevant government agencies to quickly provide emergency relief services to people in the affected areas.”
  • The National Assembly will continue to “work towards providing all necessary legislative backing to the security agencies more especially funding needed to reform and equip our armed forces to tackle the prevailing security challenges confronting us as a nation.”
  • Dogara called for “a total reform and overhaul of our internal security architecture which has failed to address the spate of insecurity in the land.”
  • The speaker offered “condolences to families of victims of violence in Zamfara, Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna Nasarawa, Borno, Yobe and other places and urge our citizens to embrace peace without which there can be no meaningful development.”

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