The Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal has urged the Federal Government to fight the Boko Haram sect more. He declared that the terrorists have murdered sleep and deserve no sleep themselves. In his speech titled, ‘One Massacre too many’, he asked the government to consider the call for state police.
He also recalled the killing of 59 students of the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State on the 25th of February by members of the Boko Haram sect. He said that day will always remain infamous in the history of Nigeria.
His statement read:
“When innocent, harmless and defenceless women and children become the targets of these heartless murderous bandits; when the lives of sleeping children are so callously snuffed out, it becomes clear that these agents of terror have murdered sleep and they henceforth deserve none.
“Whatever grievances the terrorists harbour against the government of Nigeria, Nigeria’s innocent children have nothing to do with it. Nigeria’s children bear no responsibility for either policy making or policy implementation in Nigeria.
“It is therefore an act of cowardice worthy of ringing condemnation to target the children to strike at those who are not only innocent but are also unable to strike back or defend themselves. There can be no reason, no justification and no acceptable excuse for this act of mindless brutality.
“Whatever message the terrorists set out to send to the Nigerian government has been drowned out by the cries for justice by the blood of these innocent martyrs.
“Today is not a day to apportion blames. It is a day for the expression of our sense of personal and national losses. But it is also a day for us to look for concrete solutions.”
He added, “What about integrating local security structures into the regular security windows of the Nigerian Police Force with the federal, state and local governments supporting them with necessary resources?
“ Is it perhaps time for us to revisit the idea of State Police?
“How do we develop an institutional framework for securing the land through a neighbourhood audit, where a tab is kept on every member and every housing structure whether completed or uncompleted?”