Insecurity: Gbajabiamila tasks colleagues on legislative interventions as Doguwa regains majority leader post

Decrying the increasing level of insecurity in Nigeria today, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has urged his colleagues, especially in the leadership to fashion out appropriate amendments to relevant laws with a view to addressing the menace.

Delivering his address of welcome to members at plenary on Wednesday, Gbajabiamila who recalled some of the recent gruesome execution of innocent Nigerians by insurgents said “I, therefore, call on the Leader of the House of Representatives and the Minority Leader to take active steps to bring to the floor, appropriate amendments to the constitution that will ensure that these and other righteous interventions to protect the life and property of our citizens are firmly in compliance with the laws of the land”.

The Speaker said since the house went on break for the yuletide, there have been steady rise in crime across the country; “manifested through the activities of bandits destroying communities, kidnappers operating for profit and insurgents seeking to remake our world in the image of a discredited theocracy”.

Continuing, he said “All people of conscience mourn the loss of a reverend and a senior member of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Adamawa State, Mr Lawan Adimi, a good and honourable man, who through the church and in his personal capacity served the people of his community earning their reverence, and our collective gratitude. In the midst of our mourning, our hearts were broken once more by the release of a video depicting the gruesome assassination of Mr Ropvil Dalep Daciya, a student from Plateau State who was abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on his way back to school…

“God forbid that it is now our nation’s fate to live forever under the threat of abduction and murder. What gaps and weaknesses continue to exist in the national security infrastructure that makes us more susceptible to the machinations of those who seek to achieve wealth and power through brutal violence? How do we achieve for all our people, a just and honourable peace? These questions are never too far from my mind, and I know that it is the same for you.

“Honourable colleagues, this House will shortly take action to put these questions before those agencies of our national security to whom our constitution and other legislation have granted the powers and the resources to ensure the safety and security of all our people. Our cup of endurance has run over and we are no longer willing to labour under these dark clouds of random violence inflicted upon our people by faceless cowards whose ends we do not understand, and whose means we do not know….”.

Meanwhile, Hon. Alhassan Doguwa, who won Saturday’s re-run election for the Doguwa/Tudun Wada Federal Constituency of Kano State has been sworn in, and returned as Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, a position he was holding until his initial election was overturned by the Court of Appeal.  

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