- Members of the Lagos state House of Assembly say there is an urgent need to address the insecurity situation in Nigeria before it escalates
- The lawmakers called on the federal government to address the issue by among other things, get support from abroad and consider state police
- The Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa also made a case for job creation
The Lagos state House of Assembly has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to take some bold steps including proper rejigging of the country's security architecture as well as a consideration for state police, to address the rising cases of insecurity in Nigeria.
The lawmakers made their positions known on Tuesday, April 27 when the majority leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade raised the issue at the plenary session monitored by Legit.ng.
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Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa noted that there was an urgent need for President Buhari to address the security challenges facing the country with policies that should be friendly enough to attract foreign investments which would help create more employment for the youths.
“We should start developing policies that have a human face. The situation that the country's youth are passing through should be of concern. We have men and women roaming the streets without jobs or anything to keep them going.
“We should do something substantial beyond giving out N10,000 to youths.”
Also speaking on the issue, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, said the security challenge was multi-dimensional, adding that there was a need for massive recruitment into the security agencies.
Contributing, Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Somolu 1), said the county was in a troubled state. He added that Boko Haram insurgency has spread beyond Maiduguri where it started from.
Other lawmakers who also spoke on the issue proffered solutions to the crisis, called for quick action on the part of authorities, and offered suggestions for Lagos to be immune to such attacks.
On the same day, the House of Representatives called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a state of emergency on security in Nigeria.
The lawmakers came to the conclusion after a motion on the mounting insecurity in the country was brought to the green chambers.
Similarly, Nigerian senators on Tuesday, April 27 expressed fear that Boko Haram insurgents may overrun the nation’s capital, Abuja.
The senators expressed their concerns during plenary after a motion, moved through a point of order by Senator Musa Sani from Niger state.
Sani, the senator representing Niger East senatorial district, informed his colleagues that members of the terrorist group are just some two hours away from Abuja.