President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said for Nigeria to overcome its security challenges, efforts must be made to seek diversified solutions besides the military option to the problems of banditry, militancy and insurgency.
Lawan made this known in his remarks after a point of order raised by Senator Rochas Okorocha to draw the attention of the Senate to the heightening spate of insecurity in Imo state.
According to the Senate President, the National Assembly has equally been consistent with the approach in coming up with legislative interventions needed to address the security challenges of the country.
He explained that such interventions include job creation, and the introduction of required legislation to promote economic development from local and foreign investments.
Senator Okorocha, while coming under Order 43 (Personal Explanation) of the Senate Rules, lamented what he described as the “escalating state of insecurity” in Imo state and sought the intervention of the upper chamber in finding a solution to the problem.
According to him, there is no day that passes in the state without one ugly story of kidnapping, killing, maiming, burning of innocent people’s homes, shops on daily basis citing the killing of traditional rulers, a policeman was killed, and an Army man as vivid examples.
He lamented the killing of innocent souls and burning of people’s houses and homes, which he says calls for serious concern hence he deemed it fit to bring to the notice of the red chamber and by extension, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that something must be done to guarantee the safety of lives and properties of citizens of Imo state.