Insecurity: House of Reps. consider National Assembly shutdown over Buhari’s ‘inaction’

Some members of the House of Representatives have proposed that the National Assembly be shut down to force the President, Muhammadu Buhari, to wake up to his responsibility of ensuring the protection of lives and property of Nigerians.

The lawmakers also moved the motion to force President Muhammadu Buhari to wake up to his responsibility of ensuring the protection of life and property in Nigeria.

This is just as a lawmaker called for the resignation or sacking of the National Security Adviser, (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno, (rtd), saying he should have been sacked along with the last set of Service Chiefs.

Recall that the House cut short its plenary on Thursday, following an extended debate on the growing insecurity in the country, during which emotions ran high in the chamber.

Items on the Order Paper for the day, which contains the agenda for each plenary, were stepped down after the lawmakers, mostly members of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, spent over one hour criticising the Buhari-led regime and security agencies.

A member of the House, Shehu Balarabe, had moved a Motion of Urgent Public Importance on the killings in Kaduna.

The Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, noted that he would use his “emotion-laden voice” to speak in his capacity as leader of the House and the “ambassador of the government on this floor”.

The majority leader asked why several parts of Kaduna State have been under attack despite the existence of several military and para-military institutions and bases, “the highest number you can count in the northern part of the country.

“The Government, in this case, has to rise up to its responsibility and call a spade a spade”, he stated.

Ado-Doguwa pointed out that the National Assembly had always appropriated more funds for the security agencies, while relevant committees have been following up on the use of the funds in the implementation of the budget.

Also, Chike Okafor said the country has not fared better under the Buhari-led regime since it took power in 2015. He added that security had not improved despite changing the Service Chiefs.

“It is not about the failure of anyone in particular; all of us have failed and we must acknowledge that the failure is that of all of us”, he stated.

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