Insecurity threatens foundations of Nigeria’s nationhood – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the current security challenges in Nigeria were a threat to the foundations of the country’s nationhood.

The Speaker, however, noted that the Federal Government has responded to the challenges by taking certain measures such as increasing funding for the Police and the military, recruiting personnel for security agencies, among others.

According to an issued statement, on Wednesday, by the media adviser to the Speaker, Lanre Lasisi, Gbajabiamila spoke when he delivered a paper, titled: ‘Democracy in Challenging Times: The Role of African Parliaments in Safeguarding and Delivering on the Dividends of Democracy’, at the School of Oriental Studies, London, as part of his on-going official visit to the United Kingdom.

Speaking on the challenges facing Nigeria, Gbajabiamila said: “The most pressing of these challenges today is the national security crisis, which threatens the foundations of our nationhood and portends great danger for Africa and the world if it persists.”

The Speaker, however, said: “First, to address present challenges and then to build resilient institutions that can withstand uncertainty in troubled times, more than anything else, our focus must remain on the young and vibrant youth of Nigeria and Africa who have so much to offer the world and who have proven that they can thrive under challenging circumstances given half a chance.

“However we cannot do this for as long as our present national security challenges persist.

“The Federal Government has responded to the reality of our present challenges by increasing funding provisions for the police and armed forces, accelerating recruitment and training to put more boots on the ground and also acquiring weapons systems designed to give the security agencies an advantage”, he stated.

He said upon the resumption of the 9th House, “the scope of our challenges was evident, matched only by our confidence that we would do what was required to overcome those difficulties and deliver the dividends of democracy for our people.

He said as the House was moving quickly to implement its agenda, the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, forcing certain drastic measures, including a reworking of the Legislative Agenda.

Gbajabiamila said, with the support of his other colleagues the Nigerian House of Representatives would this year host the inaugural in-person meeting of the Conference of Speakers of African Parliaments, (CoSAP), to establish a framework of action to ensure the achievement of the objectives that motivated this unique partnership.

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