- The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has urged the Nigerian military to be proactive
- Gbajabiamila, in a statement on Monday, March 16, explained that this is key to improved security in Nigeria
- The House of Reps speaker also noted that efforts are being made to augment the budget on security
Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Representatives, has urged the Nigerian military to be more proactive in tune with the prevailing global realities as this is the key to improved security in the country.
This was contained in a statement by the special adviser on media and publicity, Lanre Lasisi and made available to Legit.ng.
Gbajabiamila disclosed the information on Monday, March 16, while declaring open a two-day capacity building workshop/retreat of the House Committee on Defence in collaboration with Centre for Strategic Research and Studies of the National Defence College and the Policy and Legal Advocacy Center (PLAC) in Abuja.
He went on to note that the lower chamber is already working on a new model of funding the Nigerian military to be able to carry out its responsibilities optimally.
The speaker disclosed that globally, the military has moved beyond conventional responsibilities while adding that Nigeria can no longer afford to be dogmatic about the roles and responsibilities of its military.
He said: “Here in Nigeria, we are straight-jacketed with the military. The traditional role of the military as we understand it is, once there’s foreign and external aggression, that is when we deploy the military.
“But then, when we get foreign aggression and external aggression can be simultaneous. So, when we begin to talk about the military and expand the frontiers, rather than being straightjacket, we must consider and remember that in this day and age, this century, foreign attack can come from anywhere. We talk about cyberspace here."
The APC lawmaker also said the House has expressed concern about the security situation in the country, which was the reason behind its relentless efforts to proffer an enduring solution.
He said: “The challenges of our national security and national defence at this critical time in world history are more diverse and more demanding than they have ever been in our history as a nation.
“We are besieged on all sides: in the north, by insurgents and bandits, in the south by militants and highwaymen. And all of us together, our economy and industry, even our democracy are threatened by the ambitions of those who will wage war on our interests through the skilful abuse of information technology and cyberspace."
Gbajabiamila said the House of Reps would strive to ensure that the Nigerian military no longer lacks in critical areas as a result of funding challenges.
Legit.ng previously reported that the speaker of the House of Representatives, sought the support of the Peoples Republic of China to end insecurity in Nigeria.
Gbajabiamila noted that both Nigeria and China have been having good economic and political relationships, saying that there was a need to establish strong military ties between the two countries with a view to ending insecurity.
Speaking when he received the ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China, Zhou Pingjian, on a courtesy call in his office in Abuja on Tuesday, February 18, Gbajabiamila said Nigeria needs help at this time from wherever it could get it.
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