The Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said Nigeria will confront its enemies with all available human and materials resources in order to tackle the security threats facing the country.
He disclosed this while addressing members of the House on Wednesday after their resumption from summer recess.
“Insecurity remains an overwhelming threat to all our nation’s people and a hindrance that further delays the attainment of the critical development objectives necessary to put our country on the path to peaceful prosperity.
“Let it be apparent to those who have made themselves enemies of Nigeria that this 9th House of Representatives will respond to the audacity of their evil with every tool and resource at our disposal, and we will not be deterred,” he said.
Gbajabiamila said the 9th House of Representatives would continue to take action as required to address statutory deficiencies that limit the ability of Nigeria’s national security apparatus to respond effectively to insecurity in the country.
He said: “In our last session, we convened a National Security Summit to deliberate on the issue and articulate recommendations for executive and legislative action.
“The leadership of the House of Representatives presented the report of that Summit to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and we received assurances that the recommendations will be duly considered and implemented.
“We will follow through to ensure that commitment is met. At the same time, we have begun to take legislative action to implement the Summit’s recommendations on statutory reform, amendments and the enactment of new legislation.
“Several such Bills have already passed the second reading and now await action in the respective Committees.”
He, therefore, urged the Chairmen and members of those Committees to act quickly and conscientiously to bring those bills to the floor as soon as is practicable.
Gbajabiamila added that the House would prioritise national security bills that seek to implement the recommendations of the Summit.
“This is not to suggest that we will abdicate action on other matters of national concern.
“We only reaffirm our commitment to do all that we can to defeat those who have made it their cause to impose on our country an unending orgy of carnage and inflict our people with devastating grief,” he added.