Insecurity: Nigeria has not lost control – Lawmaker tells ECOWAS



Insecurity: Nigeria has not lost control – Lawmaker tells ECOWAS

By Lizzy Okoji

Lynda Ikpeazu, ECOWAS Member of Parliament representing Nigeria, told parliament that Nigeria has not lost control of the fight against insecurity and is determined to end the threat.

Ikpeazu made this known Thursday in Abuja during the current special session of parliament, responding to recommendations for a concerted regional effort to help Nigeria tackle the insecurity plaguing the country.

Ikpeazu, who appreciated Members of Parliament for their concerns, said Nigeria was exploring all measures with a high level of determination to tackle terrorism, banditry and other forms of violence.

She said insecurity in the region was not unique to Nigeria, saying the nation had a stable political situation.

“Nigeria is determined to resolve the insecurity facing the country and several efforts are underway.

“We’re not too big to get help from anyone though and I’m not the executive so I can’t speak to that.”

“Nigeria is not the only country in the region facing insecurity and we are not just crossing our hands, serious efforts are underway in the fight against insecurity,” Ikpeazu said.

Ikpeazu noted that insecurity was a ripple effect of bad governance, poverty and the violation of human rights and this is why the Nigerian National Assembly took steps in its constitutional amendment to fight against the triggers of insecurity.

She said the House of Representatives convened a summit on amending the constitution to get the input of all Nigerians in the process,

“The National Assembly is holding public hearings across the country to seek suggestions from the Nigerian people on the best ways to govern the country.

“This will allow us to gain Nigeria’s views and contributions to the constitutional process, which in turn would give them a sense of inclusion in the process.

“Nigeria has certainly not lost control, we have a situation and we are working tirelessly to remedy it,” Ikpeazu added.

Mr. Francis Alimikhena, another Nigerian representative in the ECOWAS Parliament said Nigeria has taken several steps which have yielded positive results in the fight against terrorism.

Alimikhena, however, noted that a joint approach to the border would further help Nigeria and the region win the war on terrorism, as most of the insurgents lived in neighboring countries.

“If we get the cooperation of other neighboring countries, we can be sure to win the fight.

“Because most of the terrorist elements, when fought from Nigeria, reside and begin to operate from neighboring countries.

“The Nigerian government and the army have been reactive, which is why when the Nigerians called for a change of head of service, they were changed.

“And with the way the new department heads are going, we’re sure the war in the northeast will soon be a thing of the past,” Alimikhena said. (NAA)


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