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Rising insecurity: Lawmakers send message to Buhari, tells FG what to do

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With the rising cases of insecurity in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari must take some bold steps including proper rejigging of the country’s security architecture as well as a consideration for state police, members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have said.

The lawmakers made their positions known on Tuesday when the majority leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, raised the issue under ‘matter of urgent public importance’ at plenary.

They also urged the federal government to get assistance from international organisations if that could help curtail the increased violence, kidnappings and attacks on communities across the country.

Though, they commended the Lagos government for sustaining the security and peace in the state, they urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to provide Close Circuit Television (CCTV) across the state.

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, noted that there was an urgent need for President Buhari to address the security challenges facing the country with policies that should be friendly enough to attract foreign investments which would help create more employment for the youths of the country.

“We should start developing policies that have human face. The situation that the country’s youth are passing through should be of concern. We have men and women roaming the streets without jobs or anything to keep them going.

“We should do something substantial beyond giving out N10,000 to youths,” the Speaker said adding that the country must not be run in a way that would make any of its component part feel alienated as this would make the people feel like true stakeholders and reduce secessionist thoughts.

The Speaker said the challenge is huge and necessitates a further call for devolution of power.

Obasa commended the National Assembly for speaking out but added that talking alone would not solve the current situation.

He further suggested that the Lagos government should look at the commercial motorcycle operations in the state in view of recent violent clashes and the fact that some of the riders are foreigners whose identities are not known.

“We should increase the number of our security outfits in Lagos State. We should have CCTV around us to prevent what we don’t want in the state. We must be ahead of every situation in our state,” Speaker Obasa said.

Also speaking on the issue, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, said security challenge was multi-dimensional, adding that there was need for massive recruitment into the security agencies.

“We need security summits which should start from states and then national. We also need massive recruitments into our security agencies. This will reduce the number of people the hoodlums are recruiting and also provide employment for the youths.

“We can purchase arms and weapons from foreign countries and let them give us security intelligence reports,” he suggested.

Earlier, Hon. Agunbiade had lamented the recent rise in violence saying that no zone of the country was free.

“The level of insecurity and violence in our country is deepening. Road travels have become nightmarish, students and academic institutions have become target and are attacked with impunity. Even, our military formations are under attack. Villages and towns have been sacked. Community heads are being kidnapped unabated. It’s as if Nigeria is at war with itself.

“As a House, we have to condemn this rising level of insecurity in its entirety. We commiserate with all the states already affected by these attacks.

“We should call on President Mohammed Buhari, Commander in Chief, Federal Republic of Nigeria, to show more concern by overhauling the security apparatus in a manner that will bring us together as a nation,” he said.

Contributing, Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Somolu 1), said the county was in a troubled state. He added that Boko Haram insurgency has spread beyond Maiduguri where it started from.

According to Olowo, it would be difficult to attract foreign investors to the country with this high rate of insecurity. He suggested that the security architecture of the country should be rejigged without sentiments.

“Boko Haram started from Maiduguri and now they have moved to Kaure in Niger State. Several women were kidnapped in a place some kilometres from Abuja. It started in the north, it is now in the South East, South South and South West,” he lamented.

He also noted the violence that occurred in Lekki and Ojo areas of Lagos on Monday recalling that one of President Buhari’s promises was to tackle insecurity.

“Mr. President is experienced as a military man. We need to rejig our security infrastructure. Also, our neighbouring countries such as Niger, Chad and Cameroun are porous,” he said.

On his part, Hon. Lukman Olumoh( Ajeromi Ifelodun 1) lamented the proliferation of firearms into the country.

“Section 14 (B) of the constitution talks about security and welfare. We should look at the roles of West Africa and African Union in all of these.

“There is insecurity in Chad, Niger and other countries. I want to call on African Union, ECOWAS, United Nations to look into these,” he suggested.

Hon. Femi Saheed ( Kosofe 1) said that the country is in a precarious situation.

“There is crisis everywhere. I used to travel from Lagos to Kaduna by road as a student many years back and the people there welcomed me,” Saheed recalled adding that the situation is no longer the same.

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa 2), on his part, said: “Insecurity is everywhere, North, South, West, East. No place is safe. LASU/Iyana-Iba and Lekki were boiling yesterday. The Nigeria police is overwhelmed; they have also become victims. Even the Nigerian Army cannot cope.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria must find new ways, we cannot continue like this. Security and welfare of the people are the primary duties of the government. We are trying in Lagos State, but we need to do more. We need to increase the manpower of LNSC, we must give them more equipment.

“The private sector should donate to our security trust fund. We must motivate the security officers. We need to improve our registration agency. We should also have CCTV in strategic places,” he said.

Hon. Rauf Age-Sulaimon (Amuwo-Odofin 2) said to address the security challenges, government must redefine the national interest. He added that there was need to increase police personnel.

“The national interest must be redefined. The government ought to secure lives and properties. The interest of the state and national interest must be paramount.

“If we have enough police and the security institutions are empowered, it would be better. Security is the most important subject in Nigeria now,” he said.

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Eid-el- Fitr: Obasa congratulates Muslims, calls for more patriotism

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– Speaker says Nigeria’s current challenges should further unite the citizens

– Advises President Buhari to act on requests by Southern governors

– Expresses belief in a better Nigeria and calls for prayers for the country

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, has appealed to Nigerians to see the country’s current challenges as an opportunity to further unite them saying this is a sure way to national progress.

Speaker Obasa made the appeal in a statement on Wednesday to commemorate this year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebrated by Muslims across the world.

Obasa expressed belief that the security and economic challenges Nigeria is faced with at the moment are a face from which the country would come out stronger.

He also advised President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently act on the requests recently made by the Southern Governors Forum as a way to curb rising insecurity in the country.

According to the former chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, “President Buhari should not only give a thought to the requests made by the governors, he should also implement them for the country to move forward.

Appealing to the citizens of the country not to lose faith and hope, the Speaker said: “This year’s Ramadan afforded many of us the opportunity to pray for the country. It is obvious that the country has some challenges.

“However, the challenges should not be left to the government alone. Every citizen of Nigeria is important and must play that positive role that would ultimately move the country from where it is now to where we want it to be.

“We are a religious set of people and the religions practised in the country teach us to live in love and peace with one another as well as be our neighbours’ brothers and sisters.

“More than ever, we have the responsibility to make the country habitable, devoid of criminal elements, and we must be resolute on this.”

The Speaker congratulated Muslims in Nigeria for witnessing the end of the Ramadan.

“Beyond the celebration, let us all endlessly practise the virtues of love, obey the commandments of Allah, ensure a peaceful, progressive and prosperous Nigeria and continue to pray to God for more grace,” Obasa urged.

Eromosele Ebhomele,
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker,
Lagos State House of Assembly.

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2023: Tinubu Has Our Support – Igbo Group In Lagos

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An Igbo group in Lagos State has declared its support for the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, ahead of 2023 should the latter agree to contest the presidential election.

The Obasa Movement, Ndigbo branch, in Lagos made the promise when its members paid a courtesy visit to the Bola Ahmed Tinubu (BAT) Foundation at the weekend.

At the meeting which had royal fathers and leaders from the Igbo community in the state, High Chief Enyiwauzo Solomon Sunday Chukwu (Solochus), who coordinates the Obasa Movement (Ndi-Igbo Lagos), said it was a general decision to also support Speaker Mudashiru Obasa of the Lagos State House of Assembly in his political journey.

To this effect, Chief Chukwu, who led Igbo leaders and members of the group across Lagos West to the foundation, said his people are prepared to sacrifice their time and other resources to achieve victory for Tinubu and Obasa.

“Whatever I am today was the result of Tinubu’s policies,” he said.

Commending the group, the Director-General of the foundation, Hon. Ipoola Omisore, noted that the Igbos remain important to the growth and development of Lagos and Nigeria.

Omisore added: “We are here because of two people, Asiwaju Tinubu and Rt. Hon. Obasa. When you want to deal with people, first try to know how faithful the people are.

“Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the most faithful Nigerian to other tribes. He believes in talents and does not care where a person comes from. He has fixed Igbo men and women in his cabinet and in other offices.

“Even out of cabinet office, he still made sure those who succeeded him followed the steps. As I talk to you now, we are planning primaries and Igbos will take part.

“So your coming here is to solidify the friendship and trust we have in each other. In Lagos, nobody can wish away the Igbo people.”

Omisore added: “When an Igbo man says he stands by you, he stands by you. Igbos are nobody’s enemies. They only operate by principles.

“I also want to tell you that Obasa is a very reliable person. So I want to let you know that Obasa is the best for Lagos West. He is going to the Senate with 20 years experience from the Lagos State House of Assembly and he is going there with authority, not to learn the ropes.”

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Makinde: Supreme Court Declares Dissolution Of Oyo Councils Illegal

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The Supreme Court on Friday declared the dissolution of local government administrations in Oyo State and their replacement with caretaker committees as illegal.

In a ruling on Friday, the Apex court said the replacement of the council chairman with caretaker committees is unlawful.

The Supreme Court, in a unanimous judgment by a five-man panel of Justices, held that Makinde acted beyond his powers, when on his assumption of office on May 29, 2019.

The Apex court, in its lead verdict that was read by Justice Ejembi Eko, noted that Makinde took the action despite a subsisting court order.

It held that the Governor acted “invidiously and in contemptuous disregard of a High Court judgement”, when he dissolved the democratically elected Chairmen and Councillors, and appointed Caretaker Committees in their stead.

Other Justices that concurred with the lead judgment the Supreme Court delivered during a virtual session it held on Friday, were Justices, Inyang Okoro, Kekere Ekun, Adamu Jauro and Ibrahim Saulawa.

The former Chairmen were sacked in May 2019 by Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo state.

They were elected in 2018 during the administration of the immediate past Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

The action of Makinde was met with widespread criticism, mainly from the Oyo State chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON).

The ALGON had described the development as “unconstitutionally unwise, unexpected and too hasty for a new government that is yet to find its feet.”

Also, Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), had subsequently declared Makinde’s action unconstitutional.

However, the state government, despite the intervention of Malami, secured an injunction that restrained the embattled council bosses from the forceful takeover of the council secretariats.

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