Senate president, Speaker House of Reps. say Nigeria’s existence under attack

Obinwannem News Senate president, Speaker House of Reps. say Nigeria's existence under attack

The Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabimilla, and the Senate President, raised alarm of the spate of insecurity pervading the country, warning that the existence of Nigeria, as a country remained under threat.

This was made known on Wednesday, by both Lawan and Gbajabimilla, during a summit by the House Special Committee on security, led by the Speaker.

Government officials, in attendance were; Nigeria’s President Buhari, represented by the Secretary, Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabimilla, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.

Others in attendance were, the Service Chiefs, led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, Rear Admiral Anwal Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao, Chief of Air Staff, While the Chief of Army Staff, the Late General Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a plane crash on Friday, was represented, by the Chief Policy and Plan of the Nigerian Army, Major General Ben Ahanotu.

Gbajabimilla said thousands of memoranda and other submission had been “recieved and reviewed,” which he said would form part of the summit report and recommendations.

In his words: “Today, at the time in our national history when insecurity threatens the authority of the state and the foundations of our nationhood, we must confront the realization that our previous and current approaches to addressing the challenges of insecurity have not yielded the desired result.

“Our national house is on fire, and the people we serve rightly expect that we will devote all our energies and resources to trying to improve the future rather than be paralyzed in the present. It is by the work we do now, that we can redeem ourselves and save our beloved country. This summit is solution driven.”

Meanwhile, senate president Lawan, in his goodwill message, said, “I want to say here that Nigeria is at a crossroads today. The very essence of the existence of this country is under serious attack.

“I believe that these are threats, not only to those areas, but the entire nation, and our armed forces are doing their best. I must commend our armed forces and other security agencies for doing much with little, we are able to give them”.

Lawan also called for a review of the law guiding procurements by the security agencies. He also appealed to the National Assembly, to work with the executive, and look at how to review the architecture of the nation’s security system for better performance.

Similarly, Buhari in his speech, read by the SGF, said, “Security has become a major subject of global concern at global regional and national levels.

The President partly said: “Our nation has had to grapple with various forms of internal security issues over the past decade, in all geopolitical zones. Addressing them effectively to restore safety, peace and security, therefore, remains the responsibility of all Nigerians in and out of the public offic and our democratic institutions.”

Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News | May 27, 2021

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