The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, Saturday, urged Nigeria’s federal government to declare a state-of-emergency on security, to tackle banditry and insurgency in the northwest of Nigeria.
Masari was speaking at the third quarter general meeting of the Conference of Speakers in Katsina, entitled: ‘The Menace of Insecurity in the Country and the Role of State Assemblies to Restore Peace and Order.’
“Security agencies are putting in their best to address the security issues across the country but more has to be done to curtail the activities of bandits, cattle rustlers, insurgents and other criminal elements across the country,” Masari said.
The chairman of the speakers conference said: “We had therefore, convened this meeting to discuss and proffer solutions to this problem within our constitutional mandate and we hope legislative frameworks at the sub-national level adopted will go a long way to complement the efforts of the federal government to check insecurity in the country.”
He called on governors across the 36 states of the federation to grant financial autonomy to both the state Houses of Assembly and the judicial arm of government to enhance good governance in the country.