National Assembly Minority Caucus In Closed Door Meeting

 

The minority caucus of the national assembly is meeting behind closed doors.

The meeting was necessitated by the need for the senate and house minority caucuses to be on the same page regarding what transpired in the senate yesterday when lawmakers threatened to impeach the president.

The minority leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, who briefed journalists, after the closed-door meeting, said the house minority caucus is joining the senate in its 6 weeks ultimatum to the president and signatures will be gathered to impeach the president if the security situation is not addressed.

He also drew attention to the general state of the nation, including the exchange rate and aviation crisis.

 

 

 

Insecurity: Nigerians Do Not Deserve This – Reps Minority Caucus

A file photo of a man holding a gun.

 

Members of the Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives have said that Nigerians do not deserve the torment which has become their plight in recent times.

Their lament which was contained in a statement by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, was hinged on the recent rise in terrorist operations and the escalation of bandits’ attacks in the nation.

“Nigerians do not deserve to go through this form of harrowing experience,” the caucus’ statement partly read, even as the lawmakers urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government to take drastic steps to save Nigerians from insecurity.

The opposition members in the lower chamber further stated that they were alarmed, particularly by Monday’s invasion of the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) resulting in the killing and abduction of some military officers.

They decried the heightened attacks on military formations and mindless killings and maiming of innocent Nigerians by bandits and terrorists in various parts of the country, despite the assurances of the present administration.

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“It is lamentable that hardly a day passes without the nation being jolted by reports of gruesome mass killings, abductions, arson, and mindless plundering by terrorists and bandits who are now freely operating on our highways, schools and communities in various parts of the country,” the statement added.

A file photo of House of Representatives Minority Leader, Ndudim Elumelu.

 

“The situation has become extremely horrifying in Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Yobe, Benue, Borno, Niger, and other states across our nation where killers and kidnappers are now having a field day raiding communities and killing our compatriots.

“Only yesterday (Tuesday) night, 35 Nigerians were reportedly massacred in Yelwan Zangam in Jos, Plateau state, barely a week after innocent travelers were ambushed and brutally murdered in the state.

“Our caucus is distressed that every day, families are deprived of their breadwinners, scores of children are orphaned, wives are turned to widows, husbands turned to widowers, parents are made to bury their children hacked down in their prime, with others languishing in their captors’ dens and family source of livelihood destroyed.”

After extensive considerations, the lawmakers demanded immediate and decisive action by the Federal Government to check the ugly trend and save the nation from collapse.

They also demanded an immediate forensic investigation into the circumstances that enabled the invasion of the NDA and subsequent killing and abduction of officers.

Similarly, the caucus called for an investigation into the concerns raised by some groups, including the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) on the handling of insurgents by the authorities.

According to the lawmakers, the nation’s gallant troops should not be deterred but remain firm in their commitment to their fatherland.

They assured the soldiers of their resolve to intensify legislative action that would support the genuine effort towards restoring peace in the country.

Reps Minority Caucus Condemns Killing Of Ahmed Gulak

A file photo of late Ahmed Gulak.

 

The minority caucus in the House of Representatives has condemned the killing of Mr Ahmed Gulak, a former political adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement on Monday by the Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, the lawmakers described the killing of Gulak as wicked and barbaric.

They called on the police and other security agencies to apprehend the assailants and ensure that they were immediately made to face the full wrath of the law.

“The minority caucus is heavily disturbed by the worsening insecurity, violence, and killings in Imo, particularly since the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration took over the state.

“As representatives of the people, our caucus believes that the situation has gone beyond the capacity of the government of Imo State, especially given its failure to gain control since inception,” the statement said.

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The lawmakers, therefore, demanded urgent security and constitutional steps to check rising violent activities, restore law and order, and bring the tense situation in the state under control.

They condoled with the family of late Gulak over the sad incident and urged Nigerians to remain at alert and continue to pray for God’s divine intervention for Nigeria at this trying time.

Gulak died on Sunday after gunmen attacked a cab conveying him and two others while on their way to the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

He was reported to have left his hotel without informing the police and other security agencies in view of the fragile security situation in the South East.

According to the police, the APC chieftain left without any security escorts while the cab driver took an irregular route to the airport before the gunmen shot at him around Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area of the state.

They said the assailants, identified as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/ Eastern Security Network (ESN), have been killed.

“Three AK 47 rifles, one pistol, five AK 47 magazines with 92 rounds of live ammunition, and criminal charms were recovered.

“The driver who drove late Ahmed Gulak and a co-victim who survived have all identified the dead body of the IPOB/ESN members positively as their attackers and also identified the three vehicles recovered as those used by the attackers,” a police statement said.

We Have Not Heard From Our President Despite Daily Killings – Minority Caucus

 

The Minority Caucus of the National Assembly on Tuesday lamented that President Muhammadu Buhari has remained silent despite insecurity in the nation.

The caucus also said the All Progressives Congress (APC) –led administration of President Buhari has continued to breach the constitution.

Leader of the caucus and Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe who said this at a media briefing in Abuja also noted that the caucus will soon “do the needful to save the country from collapse.”

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“We have not heard from our President despite the daily killings that are going on and have turned Nigeria into a killing field of unimaginable proportion.

“Therefore, the caucus has taken note and will continue to take note of the constitutional breaches that is happening at this time by the government of the APC and will at the appropriate time utilise all constitutional methods and measures available after consultation with our colleagues to do the needful to save the country from collapse.

“We also as a caucus want to put on notice to all Nigerians and the international community about the threat to the lives of our members that comes out to say things that are true about the state of Nigeria today and these threats have come in various forms, including the threat to life.

The criticism from the minority caucus comes on the heels of increased insecurity in the country with the insurgency in the northeast region, herder-farmer clash in the middle belt, banditry in the northwest, and separatist tensions in the southeast.