The House of Representatives has given President Muhammadu Buhari 48 hours to address the nation over the recent killings in the country.

The decision was reached by the lawmakers during the plenary on Thursday.

The President is expected to address them and the nation with regard to the killings in Benue, Zamfara, Kaduna, Rivers and other states.

It was also agreed that failure to address the nation would mean that the President and his administration have failed in their primary constitutional responsibility of ensuring the security and welfare of the citizens.

Furthermore, the House resolved to constitute an ad-hoc committee to interface with the Presidency, engage the Minister of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, and service chief among others, in a public hearing to find permanent solutions to the killings.

After a series of deliberation on the matter, the lawmakers resolved that the President should brief the nation on the alleged inability of his administration to declare the “killer herdsmen” as terrorists.

They demanded to know the immediate measures the President was taking to provide the security agencies with the required resources to confront and dislodge the criminals from their hideouts.

They also called for the establishment of permanent security presence in immediate proximity to affected communities and the provision of a timeline within which the attacks would be curtailed.


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