Killings in North: Bafarawa makes case for compensation
By Nasir Dambatta
Appearently disturbed by the effects of spate of killings and kidnapping in Northern Nigeria, the former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa has held special meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Femi Gbajabiamila, at his office in Abuja.
Bafarawa, who also holds the title of Garkuwan Sokoto said he was at the National Assembly to discuss security issues and demand compensation for both the families of the victims and survivors in the region.
He also called for the active participation of key stakeholders in the search for urgent solutions to the security challenges ravaging the North.
Bafarawa told the Speaker of the House of Representatives that it was time to take action in terms of providing immediate relief to the affected communities and to initiate speedy process that could guarantee the return of peace and stability in the region.
The former governor also handed over to the Speaker a compendium containing the names and assets of others who have lost their lives to the series of attacks in the North .
Responding, the Speaker, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila commended the former governor for his “hard work and dedication” in compiling comprehensive information on those who are facing tough odds due to the growing insecurity in the North and those who lost loved ones.
“I salute you, believe in your vision of achieving positive things for our people. Bafarawa, you are a pride of the modern new Nigeria, and a good politician of high repute who practices his teaching to followers” said, Hon. Gbajabiamila
The Speaker promised he would also look into the needs of the Bafarawa Foundation and all others involved in advocacy for appropriate action on the effects of worsening insecurity in the North.
He then thanked Bafarawa for the visit and assured the former governor and his team, of continued cooperation of the House of Representatives in the efforts to move Nigeria forward through effective and efficient legislation on issues of national concern.