Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, speaks throughout a gathering in Abuja on February 5, 2020.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has requested the armed forces to take the battle to the criminals of their hideouts, in a bid to deal with the safety challenges within the nation.
He acknowledged this on Wednesday when he met with the service chiefs and the joint House Committees on Defence, Army, Navy and Air Force on the National Assembly complicated in Abuja.
Those current included Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
The assembly comes one week after the House and the Senate devoted a complete day to debate the difficulty of insecurity within the nation, with the lawmakers calling for the resignation of the service chiefs.
According to the speaker, safety is a precedence of the ninth House of Representatives and will likely be addressed frontally.
He advised the service chiefs that Nigerians had been on the necks of their representatives within the House over the safety state of affairs within the nation.
Gbajabiamila famous that though the service chiefs had been doing quite a bit, the anxiousness amongst Nigerians was sufficient motive for the army commanders to redouble their efforts.
He mentioned, “I thought I should be here to encourage everybody that we’re all on the same page. We all know the situation in Nigeria today, we can’t hide from it; we can’t shy away from it, we cannot pretend that it doesn’t exist.
“We spent practically the whole day on Wednesday (last week) discussing the security situation in Nigeria as expected. Simultaneously, the Senate was doing the same thing without us comparing notes.”
The lawmaker decried that individuals had been dying each day in such a approach he mentioned might solely be present in nations with out safety forces.
He careworn, ”We should suppose outdoors the field; we should take the battle to those criminals no matter they’re.
“As I said at the State House the other day, Nigerians are anxious, but I do understand the limitations of the Armed Forces.”
Gbajabiamila, nonetheless, counseled the service chiefs, in addition to women and men of the Armed Forces for doing their greatest and sacrificing their lives for the nation.
He promised that the House would proceed to have interaction the armed forces to discover a lasting resolution to the safety challenges.
The speaker assured the service chiefs of improved help of the lawmakers, highlighting funding, tools, and recruitment of personnel as a number of the challenges they face.
“I believe the committee is well equipped to handle these issues. This is our priority. It’s the government’s priority, and it should also be our priority in the House.
“It’s major in our legislative agenda and we must address it frontally, squarely,” he mentioned.