OrderPaperToday – Service chiefs from the armed forces finally showed up at the House of House of Representatives on Monday to brief leaders of the green chamber on the disturbing level of insecurity in the country.
Recall that Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Friday abruptly called off and rescheduled the meeting to Monday owing to the absence of some key security chiefs.
Speaking at the meeting on Monday, Gbajabiamila said the essence was to find out the challenges and what can be done to assist in tackling the insecurity situation.
Gbajabiamila admitted that a giant stride has been made in tackling insurgency in the country by the security agencies.
He said: “I think we’re in tandem and on one page. I myself and other House member have been to Borno, Katsina and Zamfara states in the last couple of months because of the concern of the House. If we’ve gone that far then I believe we should discuss.
“You’ve made giant stride overtime and that’s why we’re concern that these giant stride all of a sudden is retrogressing that’s why we called for this meeting.”
On his part, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin apologized for his absence at the earlier scheduled meeting.
According to the general, “I wish to put on record that our inability to be here was not a deliberate act to disrespect the institution of National Assembly but due to an equally urgent interaction at the presidency while the Chief of Army Staff was out of the country at that time.”
Gen. Olonisakin said they will continue to carry out their constitutional mandate by ensuring a peaceful environment.
“Despite the challenges we’re facing in the insurgency, we’ve made appreciable progress. The Armed forces will continue to strategize to address changing operational situation and tactics of the insurgent terrorists, he added.