Reps Mourns Victims of Buni Yadi, Yobe Massacre, Others

| March 13, 2014

The House of Representatives has declared Tuesday’s sitting as a ” Day of Mourning”  in honour of the 59 students murdered at the Federal  Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State.
They mourned other Nigerians killed by the insurgents and suspended all other businesses expected for the day.
The House, which resumed plenary from a two-week break over the 2014 budget, declared the session as a “Day of Mourning” .
The Leader of the House, Mr Mulikat Akande-Adeola moved the motion for the special session.
In a speech delivered at the occassion entitled: “One Massacre Too Many.” the Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal  described the attacks by the insurgents as an act of cowardice.
Tambuwal said that such attacks could not continue anymore as all hands must be on deck to root out terrorism in the country.
The Speaker said that the day the Buni Yadi students were massacred would forever be “an infamy” in the nation’s history and appealed to Nigerians to join hands in the struggle to restore peace to the country.
“I humbly appeal to the Nigerian people to join in this struggle for the soul of our nation and embrace as a sacred duty the mission of restoring peace and stability in Nigeria.
” We must draw from the heartbreak of Buni Yadi and other areas affected by mindless violence, an inspiration to rededicate ourselves to the cause of nation building.
” On February 25, 2014, the very day the House adjourned Plenary, Nigeria suffered a horrendous terrorist attack that struck a fatal blow at the heart and soul of the Nigerian nation and desecrated values that decent peoples of all nations hold dear.
“On that night, about 59 students of Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State were killed in the most heinous manner. Some of our future national leaders were mowed down in gruesome circumstances in their sleep.
“Some were shot dead while many were burnt beyond recognition. That day was a day that will live in infamy in the history of this nation.”
He said that the innocent Nigerian children killed had nothing whatsoever to do with the grievances the terrorists harbour against the government of Nigeria.
”It is therefore an act of cowardice worthy of ringing condemnation to target the children, to strike at those who are not only innocent but are also unable to strike back or defend themselves.
He said that there could  be no reason, no justification and no acceptable excuse for this act of mindless brutality.
Tambuwal said that whatever message the terrorists set out to send to the Nigerian government had been drowned out by the cries for justice by the blood of ”these innocent martyrs”.
According to him, the parliament is doing its best to combat terrorism in the country, recalling that the House had passed  over 20 resolutions on the issue of national security,
He also recalled that the House amended the Anti-terrorism Act, 2011 to strengthen the security agencies and appropriated huge sums of money for the security agencies, amongst other measures.
The session, however, was devoid of the usual contributions from members, although Tambuwal called for contributions after his speech as the lawmakers unanimously agreed to shelve the debate.
The House adjourned plenary until Tuesday, March  18,  to allow its standing committees conclude work on the ongoing 2014 budget defence with Minitries Departments and Agencies

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