President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, and the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), Lt.-Gen. Farouq Yahaya, have appealed to Nigerians not to abandon the federal government in the fight against bandits, terrorists and kidnappers.
The two leaders said the issue of terrorism and kidnapping across geopolitical should be seen as a collective battle rather than sectional.
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Both leaders spoke on Saturday in Iyin Ekiti, when Lawan was conferred with the chieftaincy title of Akorewolu of Iyin Ekiti by Oluyin, Oba Adeola Adeniyi Ajakaye.
Lawan, who represents Yobe North in the National Assembly, was accompanied to the event by about 20 Senators.
At the event, the lawmaker representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, donated a coaster bus to the Oluyin-in- Council and promised to continue to work hard to attract the dividends of democracy to Ekiti State.
Lawan, who thanked the monarch for the honour, said the founding fathers of Nigeria faced many challenges and solved them with the support of the people.
He described Bamidele as a reliable politician, who valued integrity, propriety, professionalism and development of the country, especially Ekiti State.
Lawan said, “Now, we are facing security challenges all over the country. Political, religious and traditional leaders must come together. Whether the problem is predominant in the North West or North East or South West or East, all hands must be on the deck to resolve all these challenges.
“As a matter of urgency, we should come together as a people and deal with these challenges, most of them if not all of them, and make Nigeria a great country. No part of Nigeria can entirely face the problems facing the country and tackle them all.”
Also speaking on insecurity, the CoAS said the Nigerian Army was working tirelessly to secure the nation by containing the activities of terrorists and bandits killing and kidnapping the citizens, thereby subjecting the nation to unnecessary chaos and panic.
Yahaya said, “Security is a business of everybody, all stakeholders, particularly the community leaders. It is the responsibility of every Nigerian. We appeal to Nigerians to join us in the task of securing the nation.”