The House of Representatives wants President Goodluck Jonathan and the nation’s security chiefs, to address a closed door session on the current security situation in the country.
The motion to this effect was moved by Hon Yakubu Barde (Kaduna state), initially sought to invite the National Security Adviser NSA to address the joint National Assembly, on the security situation in the country, as well as the way forward.
“On the 17th of June, places of worship were attacked in Kaduna state. This led to heavy loss of lives and properties, and as I talk to you today, so many people in Kaduna state are living in fear. It is unfortunate that we gather in this House today and all we are talking about is the issue of insecurity of lives and properties”.
Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila (Lagos state), however came up with an amendment to the initial motion, which was subsequently adopted by the House members.
“I want us to note that the motion will need the concurrence of the joint National Assembly, as such, we should further amend that amendment that the president should address the joint sitting of the House alone in a closed session, instead of the whole National Assembly which would require a joint resolution”’
Hon Ibrahim Gusau while commenting on the motion, stressed the need for government to step up its responsibility of securing the lives and properties of Nigerians. Other contributors called for the introduction of community policing as parts of efforts to address the growing security concerns.