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14 Feb 2018

You don’t allow Senators express themselves – Marafa attacks Saraki

Kabir Marafa, Senator representing Zamfara Central, has accused Senate President, Bukola Saraki of preventing members from expressing themselves at the Nigerian Senate.

Marafa said this on Tuesday after Saraki asked him to go straight to the point as he narrated an issue relating to security in his home state of Zamfara.

He said, “I have given you the summary: the chief adviser of the governor is the principal accused and the government disbanded all organisations for these people to protect themselves. From that day, criminals roam my constituency with rifles. Nobody can defend themselves in Zamfara.

“I was also told that then we had 70 military officers but now we have more than 1,000 and nothing is being done. It is going on every day, people being kidnapped. This senate needs to ask some questions.

“If these military men are not answerable to the governor or they are disobeying him, the governor needs to say it so that this senate or the federal government can take a position. It is just not enough to keep the blame on the door step of the federal government.

“You don’t allow members of the National Assembly to discuss anything, you don’t allow anybody to take it, and you don’t allow leaders to take action. Mr. President, my zone is under siege and I would continue to say it on this floor of the senate. Unless I am allowed to do this, I will resign from this floor of the senate and go,” he said.

Responding, Saraki called on the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, to “take note” but frowned at Marafa for being absent to take up the matter at the just concluded National Security Summit the Senate held.

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