- President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to address Nigerians over the mounting insecurity in the country
- The advice was given to the president by the Lagos state House of Assembly
- Members of the Assembly also declared their support for the recent resolutions of the Southern Governors Forum
Members of the Lagos state House of Assembly resumed from the Sallah break on Tuesday, May 18 with a call on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation over issues relating to insecurity and rising sectional agitations across the country.
At the plenary monitored by Legit.ng, the House also said it was standing by the decisions reached by the southern governors at their recent meeting in Asaba, Delta state.
Calling the attention of his colleagues to the communique released by the governors after the meeting, the deputy leader of the House, Hon. Noheem Adams noted that the Lagos Assembly had always called for the establishment of state police.
Adams urged his colleagues to support the governors saying the latter had shown that they are alive to their responsibilities.
He, however, urged the governors to start restructuring in their states by implementing autonomy for state legislatures and judiciary.
He recalled how the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, as chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures, led his colleagues to the president to seek autonomy for state legislatures and judiciary.
Speaker Obasa, who presided over the sitting, commended the governors for coming out at a period when insecurity had taken the 'front seat' of discussions. He also commended some members of the National Assembly for supporting the governors.
Obasa lamented the rise in the number of groups agitating for secession adding that Nigeria can be restructured if there is the willpower.
“People are getting tired of the call for constitutional conference because nothing had happened to previous ones.”
The Speaker said it was disheartening to know that two neighbouring states like Ogun and Lagos cannot unite to meet some of the needs of the people simply because such could be on the exclusive list.
Earlier in his contribution, Hon. Kehinde Joseph suggested that the National Assembly needed to amend the Act establishing the Nigeria Police Force for the creation of state police.
Speaking also, Hon. Jimi Mohammed, who supported the motion, said the decision of the southern governors boils down to insecurity.
On his part, Hon. Sanni Okanlawon said the governors had made a statement by calling for the ban on open grazing which he described as archaic and has led to the death of many.
Recall that last month, the Lagos state House of Assembly asked President 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 during plenary.
On the same day, the Lagos Assembly made the call, the House of Representatives called on President 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.