Gbajabiamila calls on Nigerians to find political solution to socio-economic and security threats
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday called on Nigerians and various interest groups to define a political, economic, military and police strategy to deal with the emerging socio-economic and security threats in the country. country.
The Honorable Gbajabiamila, who gave the charge while delivering a welcoming speech on the resumption of the 2021 annual legislative recess of the House of Representatives, reiterated the 9th Assembly’s determination to provide the legislative support necessary to achieve the feat.
“May the joint effort required when we championed the cause of police reform in our country and passed the 2020 Police Act inspire us to do the same with the Police Services Board Bill (repeal and reconstitution). So that we can finally, using the instrument of legislative power, enact a statutory framework to quickly and fairly hold Nigerian police officers to account who choose to abuse state authority against the citizens they do. they are responsible for serving and protecting.
âInsecurity remains an overwhelming threat to all people in our nation and an obstacle that further delays the achievement of the essential development goals necessary to put our country on the path to peaceful prosperity. Therefore, the 9th House of Representatives will continue to take the necessary steps to address the statutory gaps that limit the ability of our national security apparatus to respond effectively to the myriad manifestations of insecurity in our country.
âIn our last session, we convened a national security summit to deliberate on the issue and make recommendations for executive and legislative action.
âThe leaders of the House of Representatives presented the report of this summit to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and we have been assured that the recommendations will be duly taken into account and implemented. We will follow up to make sure the commitment is met.
âAt the same time, we have started to take legislative steps to implement the Summit recommendations on legislative reform, amendments and the adoption of new laws.
âSeveral of these bills have already passed second reading and are now awaiting a decision in the respective committees. I urge the chairs and members of these committees to act quickly and conscientiously to introduce these bills as soon as possible.
âDuring this parliamentary session, we will give priority to national security bills that aim to implement the recommendations of the Summit. This does not mean that we will give up acting on other matters of national interest. We are only reaffirming our commitment to do all in our power to defeat those who have made it their business to impose on our country an orgy of endless carnage and inflict devastating grief on our people.
âLet it be evident to those who have made enemies of Nigeria that this 9th House of Representatives will respond to the daring of their evil with all the tools and resources at our disposal, and we will not be disheartened.
âSo far, we have rightly focused our national security concerns on the machinations of extremist insurgents who seek to remake our world in the image of their discredited theocracy and bandits who maraud and terrorize entire regions. for profit.
âWe must now add to these concerns an emerging threat that presents the same clear and present danger. In southern Nigeria, east and west, scoundrels and criminals posing as separationist activists have appeared to wreak havoc, kill and commit economic sabotage against their Nigerian compatriots and against the ‘State.
âThese people, in their tendency to devastate violence against their fellow citizens, their appetite for the destruction of private property, their disruption of academic activities, commerce and industry, their propensity to defile the institutions of the state, of society and community, their refusal to engage in debate, or to consider the possibility of dissenting opinions and alternative viewpoints, are no different from Boko Haram and ISWAP. Considering space and time, they will lead our nation down the same path of destruction.
We know from experience that neither appeasement nor overwhelming violence will work on its own. We have already taken this route; we know what the consequences of inaction can be. We also know that we cannot afford to be reactionary in our approach.
âNow is the time to summon our best efforts to articulate a political, economic, military and police strategy to address both the manifestations and the root causes of this emerging threat. Let no one feel that there is a political opportunity to exploit this moment. Now is the time for statesmen to step beyond the petty considerations of politics, to do the hard things and achieve greatness. “
While reacting to the controversy that followed the Election Bill 2021 which was tabled in the House for an annual two-month recess, the Hon. Gbajabiamila noted that ââ For two days, members engaged in intense and passionate debates inspired by our different understandings of the ideal, but motivated by our common desire to provide our country with an electoral system that reflects the best aspirations. of our people. It is our duty for which there is no alternative and from which we cannot derogate.
âObviously, as always, the final vote count disappointed some. It is democracy in practice, and the democratic process seldom leads to universally accepted results. Therefore, honorable colleagues, I urge all those who are disappointed to put their disappointments aside knowing that as the work of Parliament never ends, what is done can be reviewed until perfection is achieved. through repeated efforts over time. Let us remember the things that we have done well and that we can and must do well together.
âAt this 9th Assembly, we reviewed and adopted the Companies and Related Affairs Law (CAMA), the 2020 Finance Law, the Petroleum Industry Law, the Deep Sea PSC (Amendment) Law and in the interior basin, among other economically oriented laws.
âEach of these bills includes in their provisions critical reforms to the way we do business in Nigeria. Together, they represent a massive and long overdue legislative intervention to improve the ease of doing business, encourage investment and spur economic growth, âhe noted.
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