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ABUJA, January 22, (THEWILL) – The House of Representatives Tuesday called on the federal government to use dialogue in resolving the deteriorating security situation most in Northern Nigeria.

The House also commiserated with the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero and the families of those who lost their lives during Saturday’s attack on the emir's convoy in Kano metropolis.

Tuesday’s resolution followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon. Muhammad Galadanchi (PDP, Kano), which was unanimously backed without debate.

Leading debate on the motion, Galadanchi, urged government to employ more long term approach instead of the military action currently being used.

He argued that if the current military tactics were not reversed, the incessant insecurity would continue to pose a threat to the country's nascent democracy.

"These present approaches obviously have had limited effectiveness and escalated trends of insecurity indicating that they are only short- term solutions," he said.

According to the lawmaker, the security and welfare of the people is the primary purpose of government as provided in section 14 (2) (b) of the 1999 constitution as amended.

In adopting the motion, the House presided over by Deputy Speaker, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha urged government to initiate programmes that would promote rule of law, strengthen civil institutions and address factors fueling insecurity and violence.

Meanwhile, the House has urged relevant security agencies to quickly initiate action towards identifying the corpses discovered in Ezu River in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra.

This was the outcome of a motion initiated by Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwogbo (APGA-Anambra), which was adopted without debate.

The shocking discovery of about 30 bodies at the old Enugu-Onitsha road axis of the Ezu River prompted Governor Peter Obi to put up a N5 million reward for useful information that could lead to solving the riddles surrounding the bodies.