BEVERLY HILLS, September 25, (THEWILL) – The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has said the Federal Government must take all necessary actions to tackle the security challenges facing Nigeria.
Gbajabiamila, while declaring open a two-day workshop on promoting effective legislation and oversight of the security sector in Nigeria, said that the spate of insecurity has not only disrupted lives but also threatened the continued existence of Nigeria.
In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Office of the Speaker, Nigeria House of Representative, Lanre Lasisi, warned against the dire consequences of allowing the security crises to persist. He said, “We are at this moment experiencing in many parts of our country, significant internal security challenges that have disrupted the lives of many of our citizens and led to a loss of lives and property at a scale that cannot easily be quantified.”
According to Gbajabiamila, national security is generally understood to be the preserve of the executive arm of government. He said, as a result, “the general public and 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 national security sector. Workshops such as the one we have gathered here for today are an essential tool in reversing this gap.
“The realities of the moment require that we be willing to speak honest truths about the things we haven’t gotten right so that we can then focus our energies on making sure that we do better for the future”.
Thet two-day workshop on “Promoting Effective Legislation and Oversight of the Security Sector in Nigeria’, was organised by the House Committee on National Security and Intelligence in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation.