- A committee has been set up by President Buhari to review the increasing insecurity in Nigeria
- Members of the committee are to be drawn from the executive, legislature and the ruling APC
- President Buhari is facing criticisms over the insecurity situation across the country
President Muhammadu Buhari has set up a committee to periodically review the security situation in the country.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, revealed this after he met with the president alongside Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan
Gbajabiamila told State House correspondents that the committee members are expected to be drawn from the executive, legislature and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said the committee will help proffer lasting solutions to the entire security structure in the country.
When asked about calls by some Nigerians and lawmakers for the service chiefs to be sacked, Gbajabiamila said: “Opinions are divided; the generality of the opinion is that the service chiefs should go, that was evident in our debates in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, but sometimes you don’t want a knee-jack reaction.
“Many of us identify that something drastic has to be done; there’s also the school of thought that says since we are talking about banditry, kidnapping, and murders, what have the armed forces got to do with that, anywhere in the world? So the question then arises that if he changes the service chiefs, does that address the issues of kidnapping and banditry?
“The Army, Navy and Air Force are outfits set up to tackle external aggression. It is the police that is set up for internal security, such as we are all witnessing.”
The Speaker further stated that the committee will periodically review the issue of security, maybe once a month or once in six weeks.
On his part, Lawan said President Buhari was also very worried about the deteriorating security situation in the country.
He said: “We met with Mr President over the security issues in the country and other matters of governance. The recent security challenges this country is facing require that we work very closely.”
Asked what Buhari’s response was, the Senate president said: “Mr President was forthcoming; of course, as the leader of this country, he is more worried than anybody else about the situation.
“So, we are on the same page that we should be able to do whatever it takes to ensure that the security agencies are able to perform better than they are doing now.”
Meanwhile, Senator Elisha Abbo representing Adamawa North senatorial district called for the sack of the service chiefs during plenary on Wednesday, January 29 while contributing to a motion on insecurity.
The People's Democratic Party senator said his country home has been attacked by insurgents nine times in three months.
Senator Abbo lamented that despite the N4.5trillion naira budgeted for security agencies in the last four years, the security situation has not improved, but has instead gotten worse.
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