The Senate has resolved to push for the re-establishment of a military base at the Sambisa forest borders.
The resolution was unanimously adopted following the debate on the recent attack on Garkida town in Adamawa State by Boko Haram terrorists.
During the attack churches, public institutions and houses were razed while many people were killed by the terrorists.
The motion for the establishment of a military base at the Sambisa forest borders was moved by the Senator representing Adamawa Central, Aishatu Ahmed.
In her lead debate, Ahmed claimed that three soldiers died in the attack as against one dead and one injured soldier claimed by the military.
She called on the Federal Government to take a more drastic action against the insurgents.
She said: I am aware that three soldiers were killed in the dastardly attack.
“Also, property worth millions of naira were burnt or destroyed including: public hospital, schools, telecommunication facilities, police station, buses, cars, food stores, private property belonging to the good people of Garkida.
“I am worried that the Garkida crisis which has led to the destruction of lives and property was planned by the insurgents to have a religious connotation considering that churches and residences of some prominent indigenes were burnt, an act aimed at destroying the foundation of peaceful co-existence among Garkida community and Adamawa State as a whole.”
The motion received the support of lawmakers who urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to assess the extent of damage and provide relief materials immediately to the affected Garkida community.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan assured that the Senate would not rest until the security challenges in the country were resolved.
He said that the report of the Senate Ad hoc Committee on Security Architecture was expected next week and that once it was submitted, the lawmakers would not delay in deliberating on it.
“The Senate has discussed and debated much about insecurity in the country and we setup an Ad hoc committee under the Senate Leader.
“The committee is working very hard. We are trying to look for solutions to the insecurity bedeviling the country.
“We are not going to rest on our oars until we are able to provide solutions to the insecurity in the country.
“This is the essence of our being in government and of course, it would require that we work with the House of Representatives, the Executive as well as citizens.
“I believe that citizens need to be taken into confidence in the fight against insecurity.”