The Senate on Thursday condemned Wednesday’s bombing in Abuja and called on government to increase surveillance across the country to curtail the activities of insurgents.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over Thursday’s plenary, said it was important for surveillance to be beefed up and urged security agencies to be more alert.
“We condemn in very strong terms the sustained attacks on Nigeria by the insurgents in various parts of the country. This is completely unacceptable.
“I like to urge the government to increase its surveillance all over the place and for our security agencies, we want to thank them for the good work they are doing.
“We believe that more can be done to secure this country.
“As a parliament, we are ready to work with the security agencies and government to ensure that whatever is needed to done to end this insurgence is done,” Ekweremadu said.
Ekweremadu commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives in the bombing and wished the injured quick recovery.
Meanwhile, the Senate President, David Mark, has condemned the bombing and pleaded with the perpetrators to sheathe their swords.
Mark made this known in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary Paul Mumeh, also, in Abuja.
He said that in spite of peaceful entreaties, the killings and destruction of property had continued.
He restated his appeal that rather than taking laws into their hands, Nigerians disenchanted with the system, for whatever reason, should bring their grievances to the attention of government.
“Honestly, this is not our way of life. We are a people who value life. We cherish one another.
“This new trend of mass murder is alien to us. We must stand up against this and make Nigeria safe and better again.
“There are more than enough channels for anybody or group of persons to seek redress, including the law courts.
“Certainly, resorting to killing, violence or destruction of property is not one of them,” Mark said.
The senate president also appealed to security operatives not to be deterred by the development but be strengthened to face the challenges of protecting lives and property.