Insecurity: Tambuwal Warns Against Complacency
BEVERLY HILLS, March 13, (THEWILL) - The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon.
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has called for proper upkeep of security men fighting Boko Haram in the Northeast against politicising the security challenge in the country.
Tambuwal disclosed this when a delegation of the alumni of the Unity Schools Old Students' Association (USOSA) paid him a courtesy call in his office on Thursday.
He lamented that as lawmakers, they have been inundated with complaints from their constituents and soldiers about the true picture of the insurgency.
He promised that the House is poised to moving motions that will push for the action on the soldiers welfare in particular.
"A situation whereby we appropriate funds for our men to be well taken care of, to be well kitted and for them to have the best of arms and somebody somewhere is playing politics or is not implementing and applying those funds judiciously is not acceptable," Tambuwal said.
"And we are ready to take on whoever is involved in that," the Speaker warned.
He also pledged that by next week when the lower chamber resumes plenary,, "we are going to have some motions that will address the welfare of our men on the field.
" According to Tambuwal, "We have received several complaints from soldiers that they are not getting what is due to them on the field.
How do you take someone that is less motivated to the battlefield.
I believe that we need to do more and I believe that those responsible should be responsible enough to cater for these troops.
" Tambuwal pledged the support of the House to the Federal Government but lamented that the legislature has challenges in prosecuting the war against terror.
"We cannot commandeer troops.
We can only pass resolutions.
We can only appropriate funds.
Of course, we can perform oversight, but we have our limitation in following the money, in following appropriated funds.
That is why I said in my speech that even as parliamentarians, we may have to find new ways of improving oversight so that we ensure that what is meant for the welfare of our soldiers who have surrendered their lives to this country should be improved.
" In his remarks, the President-General of USOSA, Muhammadu Kabiru Nuhu-Koko.
said they called on the speaker because he was the only top government functionary that expressed concern and grief over the "terrible night killing of school children.
" He urged the lawmakers to make a law that would improve security around Unity Schools across the country.
SAINT MUGAGA, ABUJA