Senators want President Goodluck Jonathan to declare “total war” on Boko Haram and has now said they will meet with him.
The upper house lawmakers will urge Jonathan “to declare total war on Boko Haram in the northeastern part of Nigeria and wherever else in Nigeria they may be”.
The jihadist militants have “declared war on Nigeria and we must fight it like a war, not like (an) issue of internal security anymore,” said David Mark in Abuja, as Senators resumed work after a two-month recess.
“This has gone well beyond internal security… We are in a real state of war,” the former soldier added.
Jonathan in May vowed a “total war against terrorism” after Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in Borno state while senior figures in the presidency have also used similar terms for tackling the rebellion.
But the renewed call for greater action from a close Jonathan ally reflects heightened concern over the military’s apparent inability to check the militants’ advance.
Boko Haram have made rapid territorial gains in the far northeast states of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa in recent weeks that Nigeria’s military has acknowledged posed a threat to the country’s sovereignty.
Troops have been reportedly out-gunned and out-fought in the remote region, with the insurgents’ leader Abubakar Shekau even declaring one captured town part of an Islamic caliphate and saying that they had “nothing to do with Nigeria”.
Senate President David Mark said he was concerned that security had deteriorated in the three states, despite a state of emergency which has been extended by six months twice since May last year.
Before the recess, Jonathan asked lawmakers to approve a $1 billion foreign loan to upgrade the capacity of the military, which was seen as a tacit acknowledgement that troops were being outmatched.
Boko Haram insurgency has increased in Nigeria’s northeast recently, with the terror group taking over some towns in the region. Military has fought hard to retake some of the towns taken by the insurgents.
Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)
Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.
This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.
Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.
Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured
Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.
However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.
After Governor @jidesanwoolu said the "soldiers shot in the air to disperse the peaceful protesters." And thar their's no fatalities
Lagos youths set Governor's Mother's House on FIRE!! #PRAYFORNIGERIA#EndSARS #Lekkitollgate #LekkiGenocide #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW pic.twitter.com/QaOvSHwXdk
— Nwachukwu John Owen (@johnowen99) October 21, 2020
#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)
Hoodlums have reportedly invaded the headquarters of popular news station, TVC, believed to be owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.
According to reports, the staff of the news station are being trapped in the building located in Lagos.
The moment Morayo and Co decided to leave the station after it had been taken over by hoodlums.
— My Opinion (@Diji_O) October 21, 2020
Videos circulating online shows that properties in the compound have also been set ablaze.
The news station is currently off air and this comes hours after Nigerians accused the Lagos politician of having a hand in the #LekkiMassacre.
Information Nigeria recalls security agents had opened fire at peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.
In a video circulating online, the anchors of one of the shows, ‘Your View’ were heard saying that there were hoodlums at their gate trying to break into the premises.
Watch the video clips below:
— Itz CakeByTolex (@tolulope_salako) October 21, 2020
— POSTNAIJA (@POSTNAIJA) October 21, 2020
— Angry mob attacks TVC , set the station on fire.. pic.twitter.com/xEDpLeWkpW
— VyrãlTreñdz (@TheVyralTrendz) October 21, 2020
‘Hoodlums’ have reportedly invaded news station, TVC and are attacking their people. pic.twitter.com/h90bWoL37o
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) October 21, 2020
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Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
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