The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Wednesday held a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over security challenges in the country.
A statement issued by the speaker’s media office said the meeting was at the request of the two presiding officers of the National Assembly.
“Today, I and President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the #Plateau violence.
“We requested for the meeting in order to hear from the president the steps and measures the executive is taken to end the orgy of killings and violence not only on the Plateau but in other parts of the country.
“We also used the opportunity to advise 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 call on all relevant government agencies to quickly provide emergency relief services to people in the affected areas.
“The House of Representatives and indeed 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.
“I am also restating my earlier call for a total reform and overhaul of our internal security architecture which has failed to address the spate of insecurity in the land.
“I want to seize this opportunity to once again offer our 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.”