Senate President Ahmed Lawan on Tuesday said banditry and kidnapping is gradually turning to a money marking industry in Nigeria, and must be fought to rescue the country.
Lawan made the statement after the confirmation of the service chiefs by the Senate on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
He described the ugly development as unacceptable and condemned the continued raid of public schools by bandits to abduct students from hostels.
“A situation whereby a group of people will go to a school and take over 300 students away with motorcycles and disappeared into the thin air is not acceptable.
“Kidnapping without a trace, is not acceptable. Apparently, this is becoming an industry, some people are benefiting from this and we have to unravel who these people are, and fight bandits and insurgents until we rescue our country.
“Let me also advise the service chiefs that there must be an interagency corporation. There must be an interagency corporation, the army, the air force, they are supposed to have complimentary roles.
“We promise them and indeed Nigerians that we will support them in whatever way the parliament can come to their support,” Lawan said.
Meanwhile the Nigerian Senate has confirmed the nomination of service chiefs. Their confirmation followed the report of the Committee on Defense.
The service chiefs are; Major General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; Awwal Gambo and Air Vice Marshall Oladayo Alao, Chief Air Staff replaced former service chiefs who were last week confirmed as non-career by the Senate.
While presenting the report, Chairman of the Committee Senator Aliu Wamako told the Senate that the nominees were thoroughly screened and did not receive any petition against them during the screening process.
Recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had last month wrote to the Senate to confirm the nomination nomination of new service chiefs after the resignation of former service chiefs.
In his remark, Senate President Ahmed Lawan congratulated the service chiefs and charged them to take the war to terrorists and bandits in their enclaves.
He reminded them to be conscious of the fact that Nigerians expected nothing less from them, just as he recounted how the Senate and indeed, the President Buhari was pressurised to replace their predecessors.