Senate yesterday assured President Muhammadu Buhari of its full support to comprehensively rout Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria, saying “we will defeat terrorism in our country and region because we have the will to win this fight”.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly also vowed to tackle oil theft, which it described as unacceptable and warned that mind boggling leakages in the country’s oil receipt cannot go on.
Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, in his welcome address to senators after five weeks of recess, lamented that in recent times the country has seen resurgence in the activities of Boko Haram and some other criminal elements in the society leading to the death of many citizens.
Saraki maintained that the country cannot continue to let senseless groups cause untimely death to Nigerians without hindrance, adding that this is another sad addiction to the cocktail of security challenges the country can ill- afford at this time.
He also promised to constitute a high powered senate delegation to visit the troops on the battle line and some internally displaced persons in the North East to have a firsthand appreciation of the challenges, the suffering and plight that has befallen the people in the area.
According to him, the Senate will work with the House of Representatives to develop concrete steps towards the rehabilitation and renewal of the battered local economy of the North East.
“Make no mistake about it, the aim of these militant groups is simple, to test our resolve and disintegrate our unity. But let me reiterate the readiness and willingness of the National Assembly to support and work with President Muhammadu Buhari to comprehensively rout Boko Haram.
“We join Mr. President in saying “that we will defeat terrorism in our country and region, because we have the will to win this fight.” Our resolve is collective, we urge all friends of Nigeria including the United States and the entire international community to join us”, he said.
The senate president also decried that the country’s revenue profile has taken a great hit with the economic realities stating that aside the drop in the oil receipt, the country has seen revenues plummet due to oil thieves, indiscriminate grants of numerous import duty waivers, concessions and grants.
He added that Nigerians want to see the National Assembly tackle these obscenities in the country’s revenue systems as it denies the people the right to good governance.
“Our country is passing through a difficult time. We cannot afford to watch the mindboggling leakages in our oil receipt to go on, this Senate is in tandem with Mr. President on this and is determined to turn every stone and shift every rock to ensure that all revenues due to the country from oil are recovered.
“We are not the only oil producing country in the world; oil theft cannot therefore become an acceptable part of our oil business”, he stressed.
On the lingering crisis in the senate, he stated that Nigerians did not give them their mandate to come and pursue leadership; their mandate was for the lawmakers to pursue governance and bring solutions to their burning issues.
His words: “It is time we remind ourselves of the solemn promise to deliver to our people real change. Leadership is secondary to our primary responsibility of good governance.
“As Senate President you have given me responsibility to ensure that our primary responsibility is placed on the table not under the table. Nigerians did not put their lives on the line for politics but for the delivery of good governance.”

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