The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiala has come out to address Nigeria’s worsening insecurity problems.
The Speaker recently had his say in a press statement signed by his Special Advisor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Lanre Lasiso.
According to him, the 3 arms of government must take all necessary actions to end the insecurity issues Nigeria is battling as it is disrupting the lives of several citizens.
He added that National security is generally understood to be the preserve of the executive arm of government, but that is not true, as co-operation between all arms of government is needed to eradicate it completely.
His words, “The three arms of government must take all necessary actions to face and address the security challenges facing the country.”
“We are at this moment experiencing in many parts of our country, significant internal security challenges that have disrupted the lives of many of our citizens, and led to a loss of lives and property at a scale that cannot easily be quantified.
“These internal security challenges threaten the very existence of the Nigerian state because they undermine public faith in the government’s ability to fulfil its fundamental obligation to protect the lives and property of citizens.
“Across the three arms of government, we have a shared responsibility to take all necessary actions to meet these challenges head-on. This is what the people who elected us rightly expect.
“National security is generally understood to be the preserve of the executive arm of government. As a result, the general public and even the political class often do not know what the legislative role in national security is, or ought to be.
“This knowledge gap presents an ongoing limitation on the policy-making and oversight role of the legislature as it pertains specifically to the challenges we face in the national security sector. Workshops such as the one we have gathered here for today are an essential tool in reversing this gap.”