He noted that the situation had reached an intolerable level thereby exposing everybody to danger, adding that the continued loss of lives and properties could not be a way of life.
In a statement in Abuja on Sunday, the senate president expressed serious concern over the development and warned that unless all hands are put on deck to confront the security problem headlong, the perpetrators might over-run the country.
He also condemned the ambush and killing of police and other security operatives in Nasarawa State by some cultists last week.
“Nobody, no nation, no matter how weak, would live to accept such heinous crime. What is happening to us as a people is strange and condemnable.
“How did we degenerate to this level where everyone became a brothers’ hater instead of being our brothers’ keeper? The situation calls for soul searching. We must re-examine ourselves. We must look inwards,” he said.
He noted that while the involvement of aliens in the current security challenges could not be ignored, he said they would not have succeeded if there were no collaborators from within.
He implored any aggrieved person or group to explore many established channels, including the National Assembly, to seek redress instead of resorting to violence.
He lamented that the poor state of security had made life uncomfortable for Nigerians and reduced sacred human life to a paled insignificance.
Sympathising with the victims of various attacks in Borno, Yobe, Nasarawa and Benue states, Mark urged security operatives to go back to the drawing board and restrategise for effective operations.
He also suggested a working synergy among security agencies, saying such cooperation would plug any loophole or lapse and ultimately yield better results.
This, he said, had become imperative in order to fish out the perpetrators of these crimes, stressing that the culprits must be brought to book.
“We must remove sentiments and be able to separate issues from crimes or criminalities. Offenders must be seen to be punished to serve as a deterrent to others,” he said.
He said the siege Nigerians had been placed under on account of insurgencies and other violent crimes in recent times, were avoidable if the people put their house in order.
He pointed out that everyone “must rise up to defend our fatherland instead of leaving security in the hands of security operatives alone.”