“Let us beg President Buhari to take responsibility for one thing,” Abaribe pleaded.
Abaribe made the comment while contributing to a motion by Senator Attah Aidoko on the killings by suspected herdsmen in Kogi East senatorial district on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
Abaribe, an Abia lawmaker, bemoaned President Buhari’s perceived aloofness over importance matters as security.
“We have a president that says that 'I did not know my IG followed order. I didn't even know when this happened.' Every little thing he doesn't know,” Abaribe said.
He was interrupted by the Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan, who described his contribution as a “deviation” from the matter under consideration.
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Senate President Bukola Saraki sustained the point of order while cautioning Senator Abaribe not to deviate from the matter.
“I am keeping my contribution to security. The commander-in-chief of Nigeria is in charge of security and when the commander-in-chief says ‘I don't know what happened’. Then we have to worry if our security is actually in the right hands.
“But let us go from there and also bring to the fore another aspect which the senate leader mentioned. He said the security forces are over stretched we agree but distinguished senator Marafa told us here that information was given to the same security people, the governor (Abdulaziz Yari) was dancing 'arambako' somewhere else and left state's security.
“It is not a question of having enough people, it is a question on not asking on the intelligence that you have. I can't blame them for actions because the president says I don't know. So president, let us beg this president to take responsibility for one thing. It is not everything that you don't know so that we can be safe in Nigeria,” he added.
The Senate urge the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and all security agencies to arrest the perpetrators and stop the “gruesome killings” and ensure they are prosecuted in court without delay.
Lawmakers also urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials to displaced victims.
A minute silent was observed in honour of the victims of the incident.