The National Assembly has asked the executive arm of the Nigerian government to give a marching order to the security agencies to protect the lives and property of Nigerians from the incessant killings in the country.
The legislative arm also urged the government to stop witch-hunting political opponents or those holding different views as well as prosecute those alleged to be corrupt.
These were parts of the twelve point resolution reached at the joint executive session between the Senate and the House of Representatives of the National Assembly.
Reading the resolutions, the Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki said the need for the security to brace up to the security challenges facing the country was in realization of the deteriorating security in parts of the country.
“The Security Agencies must be given marching orders to curtail the sustained killings of Nigerians across the country and protect life and properties of Nigerians as this is the primary duty of any responsible Government.
The systematic harassment and humiliation by the Executive of perceived political opponents, people with contrary opinions including Legislators and Judiciary by the police and other security agencies must stop.
There must be strict adherence to the Rule of Law and protection for all citizens by the President and his appointees.
The President must be held accountable for the actions of his appointees and must be ready to sanction those that carry out any act which will ridicule or endanger our country and democracy.” The resolution said.
The lawmakers also passed vote of confidence on the Senate President and vote of no confidence on the Inspector General of Police and urged the President to take action on appointees whose action contravene the essence of government.
They also urged the executive not to be selective in its fight against corruption, respect the sanctity of the National Assembly for the country to move forward.
“Both chambers of the National Assembly hereby pass a vote of confidence on the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the entire leadership of the National Assembly.
We reaffirm our earlier resolution of vote of no confidence on the Inspector General of Police who does nothing other than preside over the killing of innocent Nigerian and consistent framing up of perceived political opponents of the President and outright disregard for constitutional authority, both executive and legislative.
The sanctity of the National Assembly should be protected and preserved the Federal Government of Nigeria by not interfering in its business and prosecuting those who invaded the Senate to seize the mace.”
The National Assembly will also liaise with International Communities through the Inter Parliamentary Union, IPU, African Parliamentary Union. APU, ECOWAS, CommonWealth Parliamentary Association, CPA, Pan African Parliament, EU, UN, US congress and UK Parliament to secure the Nation’s democracy.
The lawmakers also stressed that democratic elections must be competitive and inclusive by removing the present reign of fear and intimidation “particularly as we approach the forthcoming 2019 elections.
The National Assembly will work closely with Civil Society Organisations, Trade Unions and NGOs to further deepen and protect our democracy.”
The resolution also urged the President to take immediate steps to contain the growing level of unemployment and poverty in Nigeria especially now that the oil price has risen to $80 per barrel and threatened to take all legislative actions if the executive fail to abide by the resolutions.
“The National Assembly will not hesitate to evoke its Constitutional powers if nothing is done to address the above resolutions passed.”