House of Reps ask Buhari to declare state of emergency over insecurity

The House of Representatives has asked President Buhari to immediately declare a state of emergency over the insecurity being witnessed across the country.

Nigeria recorded more than 10 security incidents yesterday as killings and attacks continued across the country.

Members of the lower chamber of the national assembly also summoned the National Security Adviser, NSA, Babagana Mongunu, the Service Chiefs and the paramilitary heads to appear in the green chamber and brief lawmakers on the security situation in the country.

The speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila read the resolutions after a four-hour executive session of the House. The House also took other far-reaching decisions meant to safeguard Nigerians.

Amid the worsening security situation, Buhari asked the United States to consider relocating the headquarters of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Germany.

Speaking during a virtual meeting with Anthony Blinken, US secretary of state, the president had said:

“Nigeria and her security forces remain resolutely committed to containing them and addressing their root causes. The support of important and strategic partners like United States cannot be overstated as the consequences of insecurity will affect all nations hence the imperative for concerted cooperation and collaboration of all nations to overcome these challenges.

“In this connection, and considering the growing security challenges in West and Central Africa, Gulf of Guinea, Lake Chad region and the Sahel, weighing heavily on Africa, it underscores the need for the United States to consider re-locating AFRICOM Headquarters from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa and near the Theatre of Operation.”

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