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Nigeria’s hydra-headed security challenges need drastic solution, says Gbajabiamila

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Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives
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HOUSE of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has said the current security challenges in the country are hydra-headed.

He said something drastic needs to be done to address the situation once and for all.

The Speaker said the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to honour the invitation of the House to explain the security situation in the country was a fallout of the antics of opposition members to score a political point against the President during the visit.

Gbajabiamila noted that despite the misgivings against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the party still has all it takes to retain power in 2023. He described insinuations that the party will collapse after President Buhari as wishful thinking.

Gbajabiamila, who spoke on Channels Television monitored in Abuja, stressed that even though APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has not told anybody about his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election, the former Lagos State governor was eminently qualified to run for the highest office in the land.

The Speaker also dismissed speculations in some quarters that he was eyeing the Lagos governorship seat in 2023, saying he had not considered contesting the governorship poll.

He said: “I know where we are coming from and the speed at which we were going. If we had maintained that speed, I don’t know where we would be today as a nation.

“Don’t forget that Boko Haram had begun to plant their flag in different local governments. I don’t see that anymore. We have made a little progress, but there is a lot more to be done. We have moved a little bit, but we must show more aggression.

“Security now is hydra-headed. We’re now talking about Boko Haram terrorists, banditry, herdsmen and lots more. We need to tackle that because a lot still needs to be done and a lot must be done. We should not shy away from that.

“Something radical needs to be done, and that is why we had the security summit. We are doing the things that we need to do, thinking outside the box and we are checking to see which of these things will work. Security is about everybody because it is the basis on which you build anything. If you get that wrong, then you cannot get the economy right. The security summit was the first of its kind.

“The House has passed 96 resolutions on security in the last two years. There is hardly a week that we don’t talk about security. It has been a major focus in the House.

“More than anybody else, the House called for the exiting of the service chiefs, and that was eventually done. The House asked the President to come and explain what was happening with the security situation. It was part of reforms. Generally, people will resist reforms. That did not happen, not because the President did not want to come.

“The President was absolutely eager and willing to turn up. In fact, he wrote to us and fixed a date. Unfortunately, there were words that the opposition was trying to use the opportunity to score some political points against the President.

“So, we decided to do it a different way, which we did, and we got the information we needed to get from the President. There is more than one way to skin a cat. We acted on the information we got from the President and did the security summit and presented the recommendations to him.”

“He made a ceremony from it and had all the service chiefs around. They all have copies and are working on it. In the last few weeks, you will agree that there has been some improvement, but the problem is still there.

“In the National Assembly, we are working on those that require legislative inputs and the Bills have already gone through second reading. When we resume from our break, we will monitor and see how the implementation of the recommendation is going.”  (The Nation)

- Sept. 15, 2021 @ 09:12 GMT |

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