... FG, se­cu­rity agencies to blame - Reps

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

Mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives yes­ter­day blamed the Federal Govern­ment and the se­cu­rity forces for the ab­duc­tion of over 200 school­girls in Chi­bok, Borno State, a fort­night ago.

The House spent 3 hours yes­ter­day de­bat­ing the ab­duc­tion of the girls, which law­mak­ers said was “very shame­ful, sad and un­for­tu­nate” for the coun­try that boasts of be­ing the “gi­ant of Africa.”

Fol­low­ing the de­bate, the House unan­i­mously agreed to en­gage the ser­vice chiefs for a brief­ing about ef­forts be­ing made to find the ab­ducted girls.

The House called on the Federal Govern­ment to en­gage sub-re­gional, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions to as­sist the Nige­rian Army in tack­ling in­sur­gency.

The law­mak­ers also urged the se­cu­rity agencies to ex­pe­dite ac­tion to­wards res­cu­ing the girls un­harmed.

The res­o­lu­tions fol­lowed the adop­tion of a mo­tion moved by Rep Peter Biye Gumtha (APC, Borno) on ab­ducted girls of the Govern­ment Sec­ondary School, Chi­bok.

Gumtha said the poor state of “Mbal­ala-Chi­bok-Dam­boa road has con­tin­ued to hin­der the res­cue ef­fort from the sec­tor com­mand at Dam­boa and Askira.”

In his con­tri­bu­tion, Rep Farouk Lawan (PDP, Kano) asked his col­leagues to pon­der for “30 sec­onds and imag­ine if one of the ab­ducted chil­dren were his/her daugh­ter, how would you feel, since all of us are par­ents?”

He said ef­forts by the govern­ment to­wards res­cu­ing the girls were not enough.

Rep Mo­hammed Monguno, who rep­re­sents Marte/Monguno federal con­stituency of Borno State, ac­cused se­cu­rity per­son­nel of ig­nor­ing him when he alerted them last week over the sight­ing of some of the ab­ducted girls in his con­stituency.

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