Senate President Bukola Saraki has described the Boko Haram insurgency as a “strange phenomenon in which some individuals, for no just reasons, continue to unleash violence on the populace.’’
Saraki stated this in Maiduguri, Borno State on Monday during a courtesy visit on Governor Kashim Shettima.
He promised that the National Assembly would engage in robust legislation in its efforts aimed at ending the Boko Haram insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country.
Saraki explained that the purpose of his visit was to enable him to have an on-the-spot assessment of the level of destruction inflicted on the state by the insurgents and condole with the people.
He said: “We want to have on-the-spot assessment of the situation on ground. Today is an important day in the life of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“This is so because the legislators decided to follow up their extensive deliberation and debate on the security situation in Borno state in particular, and the North East in general, with a visit to the locus in quo so that we can achieve three things.
“We also want to empathise with our people who are victims of the violent activities of the misguided elements who call themselves Boko Haram. Insurgency is a strange phenomenon in which some individuals, for no just reasons, continue to unleash violence on the populace.’’
The senate president noted that the insurgency had slowed down development programmes of the state government.
“You have been forced, compelled and restrained to slow down on the implementation of these lofty programmes while you focus on tackling the security issues,” he said.
He promised that the senate would not only make laws that would assist in ending the insurgency but would also make laws for the rehabilitation of the victims of insurgency.
Saraki who also visited the camps of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state, donated N10 million to them.