Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the country must tackle corruption to be able to address insecurity.
Speaking on Friday at a dialogue on corruption and insecurity in Abuja, Lawan said deploying the military in troubled parts of the country is not enough to address the security challenges facing Nigeria.
The event was organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
“Indeed, this policy dialogue is showing us that to summarily deal with the ugliness of insecurity in Nigeria requires more than the deployment of military might,” the senate president said.
“We must look at social and economic vices like corruption, that enable and even propagate insecurity.
“As lawmakers, we look forward to the eventual policy brief that will be shared hereafter to guide the nation’s policy direction in ending insecurity in Nigeria.”
The senate president also praised the military in its fight against bandits.
“Only recently, the president gave a marching order to the armed forces to extinguish bandits, kidnappers and other criminal agents against the state and her citizens, by December 2022,” he said.
“This administration is committed to achieving this set target.
“Accordingly, the past few weeks have seen security agencies flushing out terrorists from their hideouts in Kaduna Birnin-Gwari axis, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto.”
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