Senators elected under the ruling party, APC, are demanding President Muhammadu Buhari wakes up to his responsibility of securing the lives and properties of Nigerians.
This is as the lawmakers including Remi Tinubu, under the Southern Senators Forum, expressed shock about the assassination of Ahmed Gulak, a chieftain of the party, while charging security agencies to go after the perpetrators and bring them to face the law.
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Opeyemi Bamidele, a lawmaker from Ekiti state who is also the forum’s chairman conveyed the senators’ worry in a condolence message dubbed ‘Stop The Drift to Anarchy.’
According to the senators, “We receive the sudden demise of our brother and friend, Ahmed Gulak, by unknown gunmen with Schick and heavy hearts.
“This was more of a national calamity, taking cognisance of the de-tribalistic nature of the deceased, who believed in building bridges across ethnic lines by his interactions and association.”
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Arguing that the President has not been alive to his responsibility, the senators said, “We condemn a situation whereby Nigerians are no longer safe in virtually every part of our country in totality.
“The kernel for the existence of any government is to guarantee the safety of lives and property of the citizens, and the present government of President Muhammadu Buhari must be alive to this bidding.”
The senators also noted that as enshrined in the “statute book, we believe every Nigerian carrying out legitimate businesses in any part of the country should undertake such with the guarantee of safety, and Nigeria shouldn’t fail in this regard.”
The senators further said the perpetrators of “this heinous crime” have again brought Nigeria to a “calamitous situation” and should be nabbed.
“The 51 senators from the Southern part of the country expressed our heartfelt condolences to Ahmed Gulak’s friends, family, confidants, people, and government of Adamawa state and the entire Nigerians on the death of this notable politician.
“Although the situation surrounding his death was callous and painful, they should take it with what the holy book established that Allah gives and takes,” said the statement.