The Conference of Speakers of State Legislature of Nigeria has urged President, Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare banditry and kidnapping as acts of terrorism.
The lawmakers across the 36 states in the federation lamented the deteriorating state of security in the country,
The Senate and House of Representatives had recently in their resolution called on President Buhari to declare bandits as terrorists but he is yet to do so.
The speakers’ resolution was contained in a communique issued at the end of the third quarter meeting of the Forum held on Saturday at the Katsina state government House which was sent to our correspondent in Bauchi.
Chairman of the Forum and Speaker of the Bauchi state House of Assembly, Abubakar Suleiman, read the communique.
said, “The Conference again, decried the spate of insecurity in the Country and resolved to work out legislative frameworks to complement the efforts of the Federal Government to fight insecurity in the Country.
“The Conference called on the Federal Government to declare banditry and kidnapping as acts of terrorism and as such deal with the perpetrators decisively.
The Conference resolved to make appropriate laws to address fundamental issues that breed insecurity in the land as well as creating employment for the youth with a view to curbing the menace of insecurity in the country.”
Meanwhile, the Katsina state Governor, Aminu Masari, in a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the meeting, called on Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security in the country.
He said this would restore peace and order in the country as well as guarantee protection of the lives and properties of the citizens.