The Senate on Thursday 22, suspended meeting earlier than expected in honor of the 44 soldiers, who lost their lives on gun fight with fighting Boko Haram rebels.
Senator Bala Na’allah exposed on the floor of the senator that Boko Haram fanatics assaulted a town and purportedly killed 44 soldiers, which encompassed his cousin.
Responding, Senator Ahmad Lawan speculated at the kind of defense that was available to soldiers, “What kind of protection do they have? It is important that we pay surprise visits to them. Let us show these people that even if a soldier dies, his or her family will not suffer.”
Senator Joshua Lidani felt that the Senate needs to do more than it is presently doing. He said, “We need to do a lot more than we are doing now. We need to visit and show our support. We need to sympathize with them.”
On her part, Ekiti State senator, Biodun Olujimi conveyed sadness at the lost lives, even as she questions the authenticity of the number of casualties.
“It is very sad that we have lost soldiers protecting us, that is just the official number and it may not be accurate. This shows that our priorities in this country are not in order.”
Closure of the debate, the senators attained five resolutions, which incorporated, observing a one-minute silence for the dead soldiers, going on a condolence visit to the to the families of the deceased soldiers and the Chief of Army Staff.
“To Mandate the Committees on Defence and Army to investigate the cause of the killings of the 44 soldiers and to ensure that adequate measures are being taken to curb such killings of our military.
“A delegation of Senators will visit our soldiers on the battlefield.”
They further resolute to withdrawing all proceedings of the day in respect of the combatants who lost their lives.