Reps meet military heads behind closed doors over rising insecurity

The House of Reps Joint committee on Army, Navy, Airforce and National Security on Wednesday, February 5; had a closed door meeting with Service Chiefs and the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali over the general insecurity in the country.

Last week, the Reps had reached a resolution that called on President Muhammadu Buhari to remove the Service Chiefs.

Speaking at the meeting before journalists were shut out; Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said that the House had to react the way it did because constituents are on their neck.

“I thought I should be here to encourage everybody that we’re all on the same page. We all know the situation in Nigeria today, we can’t hide from it.

“We spent practically the whole day on Wednesday (January 29) discussing the security situation in Nigeria as expected. Simultaneously, the Senate was doing the same thing without us comparing notes.

“So, it was a natural reaction to what was going on in the country today. Back home, our constituents are on our necks. People are dying every day, they are dying callously in ways that you can only find in countries without security forces. But we know that you guys are doing a lot.”

The Reps Speaker also reassured the military of funding for better equipment.

Gbajabiamila said, “Moving forward, things are going to get better. We know what the basic issues are: there’s funding, there’s equipment, there’s the recruitment of personnel.

“I believe the committee is well equipped to handle these issues. This is our priority. It’s the government’s priority, and it should also be our priority in the House. It’s major in our legislative agenda; and we must address is frontally; squarely and however and whatever needs to be done,” he said; calling for all stakeholders to work towards ending insecurity.”

Ng daily

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