The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, has lamented the growing level of insecurity in Nigeria. According to him, the challenges of insecurity confronting the country is threatening its existence.

Hon Gbajabiamila disclosed this at a two-day retreat in Abuja on Thursday, September 24. The retreat was organized by the house committee on national security and intelligence and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) foundation.

The speaker pointed out that due to the insecurity challenge, the public has gradually lost faith in the government’s ability to protect lives and property.

The speaker said, “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.”

He explained further, “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 security sector. Workshops such as the one we have gathered here for today are an essential tool in reversing this gap.”

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According to Hon Gbajabiamila, security has been a priority of the house of representatives right from the beginning of the present administration.

Hon Gbajabiamila added, “Key followers of the house would notice that security has been a very important part of our work. It’s part of our legislative agenda. When I came in, I visited three key states affected by insecurity. I went to Katsina, Borno, and Zamfara. We now have in our process the means of alternative funding for the security agencies. I think we should have the roles of each security agency clearly defined. It’s important that we understand the separation. Anything else relies on security. That’s why when this government came in, security was one of the legs.”

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