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Democracy Day: Ongoing Change Will Benefit Nigerians – Sen. Adeola

Sen. Solomon Adeola
Posted: May 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

A member of the National Assembly, Sen. Solomon Adeola, on Sunday in Abuja urged Nigerians to persevere in the face of current economic and security challenges in the country.

In a statement by Chief Kayode Odunaro, his Media Adviser, on the 2016 Democracy Day, Adeola said that policies of the present administration were geared toward laying a solid foundation for the economy.
He said that the Single Treasury Account (TSA), partial deregulation of the petroleum sector and the implementation of the first budget under the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government were all in the interest of the nation.
“This anniversary is unique as it is a testimony that our democracy is marching ahead as the nation successfully made the transition of an opposition party taking over from a ruling party.
“Such feat is a major event in the development of our democracy,” he said.
Meanwhile, a House of Representatives member, Mr Solomon Maren (PDP-Plateau), has urged the Federal Government to strengthen security at Nigeria’s borders to check incessant attacks on communities in the country by suspected herdsmen.
Maren made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.
He said that there was urgent need to equip security agencies with modern facilities to enable them to effectively check the movement of persons into the country.
“To me, it is a surprise that while we are recovering from insurgency in the North-East, we are waking up to a more dangerous one, herdsmen invading villages.
“And, the government is going on to say that we should have a grazing bill that will have to reserve some areas for grazing only.
“Some of us look at that as not the solution to the problem. The solution to this problem is that government must take charge of the security of the nation,’’ he said.
According to him, government should check the insecurity at our borders; we should be able to differentiate between the citizens of Nigeria and non-citizens of the country.
“You heard the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, recently saying that these attackers are foreigners; so, can’t we arrest attackers who are foreigners?
“People are committing crime in our own land, and we have not done something about that; we must give the political will and the sincerity in securing the borders of Nigeria,’’ Maren stated.
He called on the security agencies to prosecute the perpetrators of attacks that left scores dead and properties worth millions of naira destroyed in Agatu, Benue and in Ukpabi-Nimbo in Enugu state.
“People were attacked in their villages, killed and some of them who survived ran away but their killers keep grazing in these villages.
“You still want to go and say this village you have to leave this place, because we want to carve the area for grazing reserve,’’ he said.