- Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Representatives, says the various security interventions meant to protect Nigerian citizens will be given legal backing
- The speaker says the rise of insecurity in the country calls for localised approaches that can address the situation
- The House leader says legislators have a responsibility to support the best efforts of those who act with noble intent to protect citizens
Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Representatives, has said the lower House will give legal backing to various security interventions in parts of the country by amending the constitution.
The speaker made this known on Wednesday, January 29, during plenary when lawmakers were deliberating about the insecurity situation in Nigeria, Premium Times reports.
"I do not know that Àmòtékùn or whatever iterations of it may follow represents the ultimate or perfect solution to the problem of insecurity in our country. Nobody does that," he said.
The speaker said the rise of insecurity in the country calls for localised approaches that can address the situation.
“What I also know is that whichever approach we seek, we are obligated to work within the limits imposed by the constitution to which we all swear allegiance,” Gbajabiamila said.
“I am certain in the knowledge that doing nothing is not an option. We have a responsibility as legislators to support the best efforts of those who act with noble intent to protect our citizens.
Gbajabiamila asked the lawmakers in the lower House to make amendments to the constitution to ensure that interventions meant to protect the lives and property of citizens are in compliance with the laws of the land.
Meanwhile, Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Citadel Global Community Church has revealed his position on the new security initiative set up by the southwest region.
In his address on national security on Sunday, January 26, Pastor Bakare said that the move is commendable as a way towards tackling the menace of violent crimes across the nation, Nigerian Tribune reports.
The cleric said that the growing call for regional policing signals the lack of confidence from Nigerians in the existing security outfits set up by the federal government.
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