The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa, has declared the legislature has granted sufficient cash to the nation’s security services to confront instability in the country.
He also urged Nigerians to pray for the country, noting that not all citizens are able to go out and fight bandits and terrorists.
Doguwa made the remarks while accepting an award from the Kano Citizens Forum as the finest federal legislator in the field of security on Sunday.
The forum also recognised the state's immediate Commissioner of Police, Sama'ila Dikko, and the immediate past Commander 3 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Kano, Sinyinah Nicodemus, a brigadier general in the Nigerian Army.
Doguwa said the National Assembly has made it a practice not to reduce defence budget to ensure adequate funding for the military.
“The budgets we attend to at every point in time, nobody there gets close to the appropriation of our security institutions. We call those areas no-go areas – don’t touch them. We have given sufficient funding to all security agencies,” he said.
He stated that security requires collective responsibility of everyone, including citizens, traditional institutions and government at all levels.
“If the security of this country fails as a state, it is the collective failure of every one of us, including the citizenry. They have a role to play. I do not mean that the citizenry will just go out, pick guns and fight the bandits in the forests. You have something to offer – praying for the country, praying for the leaders, praying for President,” he said.
Doguwa urged citizens to shun blame game because a failed state will affect everyone, irrespective of their status.
He commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle insecurity head on, despite the threat of impeachment by opposition lawmakers.
“It is on this note that I want to say that the federal government, under Muhammadu Buhari, has, of course, been doing the best it could in terms of securing the lives and property of the people,” he said.
How the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, dismissed a motion on insecurity and a move to impeach the president was previously reported. The dismissed motion was moved by the Senate Minority Leader, Philip Aduda, of PDP.
The opposition senators, numbering over 20 thereafter, walked out of plenary. They later gave the president a six-week ultimatum to tackle insecurity in the country or risk being impeached.
The PDP caucus in the House also joined in the six-week ultimatum after a meeting of the National Assembly PDP caucus.
Some APC lawmakers have openly expressed support for the impeachment move. Kogi senator Smart Adeyemi, an APC member, confirmed that the move for impeachment was a collective tree decision of the entire Senate.
Umar Bulkachuwa (APC, Bauchi) and Elisha Abbo (APC, Adamawa) also openly backed the impeachment move.