- The House of Representatives has called on service chiefs to take the bull by the horn with respect to insecurity
- The speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, directed the service chiefs to take the battle to the criminals
- Gbajabiamila said that Nigerians security officials have to think outside the box in dealing with the issue
- Before now, there have been calls from different parts of the country for the sack of the service chiefs
The House of Representatives speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, has called on Nigerian service chiefs to think outside the box in dealing with the rising level of insecurity.
Gbajabiamila said this during his meeting with the service chiefs on Wednesday, February 5, at the House of Assembly complex in Abuja, Channels TV reports.
The speaker said that no one can pretend to be ignorant of the lamentable situation of insecurity in the country and that the protection of Nigerians is a top priority to the house.
Gbajabiamila called on the service chiefs to take the battle to the terrorists whose criminal activities have caused much unrest in Nigeria.
He said: "We must think outside the box; we must take the battle to these criminals whatever they are... It’s major in our legislative agenda and we must address it frontally, squarely.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that amid tension over calling for the removal of the service chiefs by the members of the National Assembly over the level of insecurity in the country, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and other security chiefs met with the members of the House of Reps.
The service chiefs and the minister of defence had a closed-door meeting.
Legit.ng gathered that those present at the meeting included the House committees on national intelligence, Navy, Army, Air force and Defence.
According to the report, the IGP who arrived the National Assembly early went straight to the office of the speaker.
The meeting may not be unconnected with a summon issued last week by the House of Representatives because of the deteriorating security situation in the country.
Moreover, respected leaders in the north had thrown their weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari and his security chiefs.
The leaders under the aegis of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) gave their support in the wake of the criticisms of the Buhari administration over the growing security challenges.
They urged the president and the security chiefs to remain focused on their war against the Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges rocking the country.
The northern leaders said it is surprising to call for President Buhari's resignation over the security challenges, noting that the president is working hard to restore peace to the country.
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