Senators yesterday said they are tired of observing one minutes
silence in honour of Nigerians being murdered or killed.
The lawmakers had to rise six times to observe one minute silence each
in respect of killings and other Nigerians that lost their lives.
Deputy president of the Senate Ovie Omo-Agege opened the floor for the
one minute silence when he raised a point of order 43 in respect of
the killing of the former political adviser to president Goodluck
Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak who was murdered in Imo State on Sunday.
The leader of the Senate, Yahaya Abdullahi also raised a point of
order 43 concerning the last week board mishap that occurred in Kebbi
state, leading to the killing of several people.
Also, the deputy Senate whip Sabi Abdullahi, raised another point of
order 43 concerning consistent killings by bandits in his home state
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Ali Ndume raised a point of
order 43 concerning the death of the former chief of army staff Lt Gen
Ibrahim Attahiru, who died alongside 10 other military officers near
Kaduna airport on 21 May, 2023.
The Senator representing Ogun Central, Ibikunle Amosun, raised a point
of order 43 concerning the killing of his constituents in a gas
Also, the Senator representing Adamawa Central Aisha Dahiru (Binani)
also stood up on order 43 to announce the death of Alhaji Abdullahi
All those who stood under order 43, asked for a minute of silence to
be observed one behalf of the deceased.
Since it is the first time in the Nigerian Senate lawmakers will rise
seven days in a day to observe minutes of silence, the president of
the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said that legislative interventions must be stepped-up by the National Assembly to protect Nigerians against the heightening spate of insecurity in the country.
“Let me observe that we have observed about six one-minute silences
and most of it was to pray for the repose of the souls of Nigerians
who were murdered or killed by criminals.
“It is very important that we step up our legislative intervention in
ensuring that we protect the lives and properties of Nigerians to
reduce the incidence of one-minute silence.
“I believe that the Senate and, indeed, the National Assembly, working
together with the Executive and getting the support of Nigerians, we
can bring the much needed succor to our people, and that is why we are here,” Lawan added.