OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has said it will deliberate on farmers/herders crises and other issues bedeviling the nation when it eventually resumes plenary session on Tuesday from the Christmas break.
Speaker of the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, made this known while speaking with journalists on Wednesday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in a closed door meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja.
The Speaker commended Mr. President for appointing new service chiefs as he promised to work with them in order to nip the security menace that has lingered on for a while.
According to Mr. Speaker, “our discussion was on the state of the nation and we had a fruitful interesting discussion.
“The appointment of new service chiefs is what everybody has been clamoring for; the House, Senate, the public and the President took his time and he studied the situation very well and did it at the right time that he thought he should do it and we are in support of what he has done.
“The National Assembly will not, in any way, put hurdles before the service chiefs. We will ensure the working environment is suitable for them to be able to discharge their responsibilities very efficiently.”
Speaking on the herders/farmers crisis in the south west and the south east zones, he disclosed that it will be on the front burner of issues to be discussed when the House resumes on Tuesday.
Hear him: “Everybody just has to come to the table and discuss and come to amicable resolution which I’m sure we will. I don’t think any ethnic group should not lord it over the other ethic group; the south west should not lord it over the north, the north should not lord it over the south.
“We should respect each other’s trade, geographical space, history, culture and more importantly the issue of crime, murder all those things should be completely jettisoned. But more importantly we all have to sit on the table and discuss this matter and look for the way forward. I think everybody is willing to do that.
“From the National Assembly, solutions will come from talking. I believe that now that we are about to start work on Tuesday, I know these issues will come up and adequate and proper legislation that will address the issue frontally and in the best interest of the country, and all nations that make up the nation such legislation will be put in place.”
Apart from the farmers/herders conflict, the speaker also spoke on the All Progressives Congress (APC) membership revalidation exercise and urged all party faithful and intending members to come out and participate.
“Everybody should come out and register. You know registration is the beginning of an election process; election is not a one day event it has started already. I will encourage all party members, those who are not even party members who have not registered before, those who have attained the each of 18, those who have seen the good works of Mr. President and this party to come in and join the fold and register. So that come 2023 you know politics is about numbers, they can pick whoever they want to elect to represent them as a party flag bearer.”
Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila insisted that there was no alternative to his party since the government has performed excellently well.
“Show me an alternative with cogent reasons then we can talk, for now I have not seen any alternative. APC has done a lot and I want us to be very objective. But unfortunately in life that is just how it is, if you have done 100 things and one thing probably you met on ground is not quite right yet, it has the tendency of muddling the waters and discrediting the 100 good things you have done. That is the situation we have found ourselves but we will continue to educate the public on the things we have done.
“The APC never really enjoyed propagating itself; we thought our work will speak for us. But for me I have since learnt you need to propagate yourself. Because, often when I sit down with some of the biggest critics of government and I say the party did this, this and this, they are in shock.”
The farmers/herders conflict has escalated in recent weeks stoking ethnic tensions and divisions across the country.