Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume has advocated that President Muhammadu Buhari should slash the salary of political appointees and use the money to tackle insecurity in the country.
The Senator argued that it is only when there is security that other issues in the country can be attended to.
The Senator said sacrifices must be made to ensure the challenges of insecurity facing the nation are overcome and nothing is too much including salaries to give up in the fight to curb insecurity.
He argued that if the current administration can borrow to develop infrastructure, there is nothing stopping President Buhari from taking other drastic actions in confronting the challenges of insecurity facing the nation.
Ndume, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army made the submission on Wednesday in Abuja during a parley with journalists.
He said, “The president should make the issue of security, a priority. He should leave every other things and concentrate on security.
“That means even if they will stop paying us and use the money to tackle security. Is it not when you are secured that you talk of other things? It is not only the politicians but everybody.
“If you know that you cannot move out of your house and they say sacrifice your salary, won’t you do it?
“Many people are working from home, yet they are being paid. They should stop paying salaries and address the whole issue of insecurity.
“If you don’t have money, stop paying salaries and allowances and use the money to provide security,.
“If you are borrowing money to provide infrastructure, why can’t we borrow money to protect our people.”
Ndume also commended the nation’s security forces for their gallant efforts in tackling Boko Haram, bandits, and other insurgents, charging them to sustain such efforts.
“A group of Boko Haram insurgents wanted to infiltrate Maiduguri but the armed forces responded swiftly, neutralized, and repelled the insurgents.
“I understand that most of the insurgents were killed. The Army, Airforce, police, and the civilian JTF, played a very significant role in repelling the insurgents.
“If such reaction from the armed forces is sustained, the insurgents would be repelled whenever they surface anywhere in the North-East,” he noted.
Meanwhile, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has appealed to agitators and separatist groups in parts of the nation to embrace peace.
Addressing Nigerians in an Eid Al-Fitr message released on Wednesday, May 12, the South-East Zonal Chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Gidado Sidikki, said the spate of insecurity in the country had necessitated dialogue among citizens.
Sidikki appealed to Nigerians to embrace dialogue in resolving differences to bring about sustainable peace in the country. He again admonished different groups seeking breakout to refrain from malicious attacks on fellow citizens and state infrastructure.