Nigeria’s house on fire, we’re under attack – Gbajabiamila




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The , Ahmad Lawan; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, have decried the rising spate of insecurity in Nigeria, warning that the existence of the country is under threat.

Both Lawan and Gbajabiamila spoke on Wednesday during a summit organised by the House’ Special Committee on Security chaired by the speaker.

Also at the event were the President, Major Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), represented by Secretary to the of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; , Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila; and Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.

Also in attendance were the service chiefs led by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Leo Irabor; Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff; Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao – Chief of Air staff; while the Chief of Army Staff, the Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a plane crash on Friday, was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plan of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Ben Ahanotu.

Gbajabiamila said thousands of memoranda and other submissions had been received and reviewed, which would form part of the summit’s report and recommendations.

Gbajabiamila said, “Today, at this time in our national history when insecurity the authority of the state and the foundations of our nationhood, we must confront the realisation that our previous and current approaches to addressing the challenges of insecurity have not yielded the desired results.

“Our national house is on , and the people we serve rightly expect that we will devote all our energies and resources to trying to improve the future, rather be paralysed in the present. It is by the work we do now that we can redeem ourselves and save our beloved country. This summit is solution-driven.”

Lawan, in his goodwill message, said, “I want to say here that Nigeria is at a crossroads today. The very essence of the existence of this country is under serious threat.


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“I believe that these are threats not only to those areas but the entire nation. And our Armed Forces are doing their best. I must commend our Armed Forces and other for doing so much with the little we are able to give them.”

The Senate President also called for a of the laws guiding procurements by the . He also appealed to the to work with the executive and look at how to the architecture of the nation’s security system for better performance.

Buhari, in his read by the SGF, said “security has become a major subject of concern at global, regional and national levels.”

The President partly said, “Our nation has had to grapple with various forms of internal security issues over the past decade in all geopolitical zones. Addressing them effectively to restore safety, peace and security, therefore, remains the responsibility of all in and out of public office and our democratic institutions.”

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