Representative Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has said that all branches of government must work to address security challenges in the country.
He said this in a statement issued and made available to journalists by Lanre Lasisi, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that the three arms of the government must take all necessary actions to confront and address the security challenges facing the country.
According to him, at this time we are experiencing in many parts of our country significant internal security challenges that have disrupted the lives of many of our citizens.
He said that this had resulted in the loss of life and property on a large scale.
He said challenges to internal security threatened the very existence of the Nigerian state because they undermined public faith in the government’s ability to fulfill its fundamental obligation.
“In the three arms of government, we have a shared responsibility to take all necessary actions to face these challenges head-on, this is what the people who rightly elected us expect.
“It is understood that national security is the exclusive domain of the executive branch of government. As a result, the general public does not know what the legislative role in national security is or should be. “
The speaker noted that this knowledge gap presented a constant limitation in the policy-making and oversight role of the legislature with regard to the challenges facing the national security sector.
He said the reality of the moment required a willingness to speak honestly about the things the country had not done well, adding that it would help the country refocus energy on what could be done better in the future.
“Many of the hopes we have for our country depend on our ability to ensure the safety of our people and the safety of property and investments,” he said.