The Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly, Abel Peter Diah, has charged the federal government and security agencies to redouble efforts at devising ways of permanently ending incidents of kidnappings and rising cases of bloodshed across the country.
Diah, who gave the charge yesterday while welcoming members of the House from the Christmas and New year break said the despicable incidents of bloodshed in several parts of the country must be urgently brought to an end before a culture of violence becomes entrenched thereby endangering the unity of the country.
The Speaker urged every well-meaning Nigerians to condemn the spate of kidnappings, communal crisis, insurgency and herdsmen invasions across the country saying the incidences have left thousands dead or homeless and unquantifiable properties destroyed in their trails.
Lamenting the continued hostage of a member of the House, Hosea Ibi, who was kidnapped on the 30th December, Diah maintained that the dastardly act stands condemned, stressing that the House can never be at ease while the tragedy subsists.
He however, appealed to the good people of the state to remain on their knees in prayer to God for his safe and quick liberation adding that the incident has once again brought to the fore the question of the security of lives and property in the country.
“I want to condemn in strong terms this dastardly act, whatever its origin and whoever its masterminds may be. This hallowed chamber cannot be at ease while the tragedy subsists. We must be on our knees in prayers to God for his safe and quick liberation.
“The incident has once again brought to the fore the question of the security of lives and property in our nation. While hoping that our colleague Hosea Ibi will be rescued from his captors without delay, I also wish to call on the federal government and security agencies to redouble their efforts at devising ways of permanently ending these recurring and despicable incidents”
Condemning the recent upsurge in herdsmen attacks across the country, Diah expressed sympathy to the people of Benue and Kaduna States which became the latest and repeated victims of armed herdsmen invasion.
He however, expressed confidence that his colleagues are fully prepared to consider the 2018 budget estimates presented by governor Darius Ishaku, on the 21st of December as well as conclude work on the remaining aspects of the constitution alteration process namely No’s 2, 5, 6 and 14.