Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, Sen. George Sekibo, on Thursday said the National Assembly would meet President Goodluck Jonathan over the insurgency in the North-East.
Sekibo disclosed this at the end of a close-door meeting of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshal Alex Badeh, Service Chiefs and the joint committee on defence of the Senate and the House of Representatives, in Abuja.
He said that from the briefing given to the legislators on the situation by Badeh, “the Nigerian Armed Forces are on top of the fight against the insurgents.”
Sekibo said that the meeting with the security chiefs was necessary in view of speculations that insurgents had taken over several towns and villages in Borno.
He explained that it was only in one or two towns that the insurgents had footing, “which cannot be said to be strongholds.”
He disclosed that the national assembly would study the briefing by the CDS and have a meeting on it with Jonathan “to see if more progress can be made.”
“We’ll report the outcome to both chambers and we will meet the President. We believe that the armed forces will overcome this problem in no time,” he said.
speaking on the same issue, Sekibo’s counterpart in the House of Representatives, Rep. Bashir Adamu, said that the insurgency was not something that should be condoned.
“We will not sit down and watch the situation deteriorate further. The idea is for us to go and see the President over the issue,” he said.
He said that as politicians, they would discuss the matter extensively with Jonathan “so that
there will be lasting peace in the North-East.”