Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, has said Nigerians must be on the same page with security agencies in order to tackle insecurity.
Doguwa said this while expressing appreciation to Kano State Citizens’ Forum, for an award given to him.
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The group awarded him the ‘Best Federal Legislator’ for his support to security agencies in his constituency and the state at large.
According to him, it is the responsibility of all Nigerians to join the government in the effort to address the security issues in the country.
He said: “The security situation that we face in our country today should be a collective responsibility. There is no issue of blame trading. It is not Buhari. It is our own country. We have every entitlement to claim the citizenship of this country and we are proud Nigerians.
“Only if everyone can bring their hands on deck; and until everyone will be on the same page with the security apparatus and architecture of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, then we will continue to have problems.
“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 security the lives and property of the people. 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. Mr President is always concerned, holding meetings, giving directives, giving instructions left right and centre, all in the effort and commitment to keeping our homes safe to sleep in.
“So, we can only get it right if our governors will continue the kind of good things and unprecedented security initiatives like that of Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, the Governor of Kano State. The Ulamas are doing their best. The traditional institutions, I agree with you; you are also doing your best in your own direction.
“But I want to say that the business of security is everybody’s business. 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 Mr President.”
Other personalities honoured by the non-partisan organisation include the immediate Commissioner of Police, Sama’ila Dikko; and the immediate past Commander 3 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Kano, Brigadier General Sinyinah Nicodemus.
The new Minister of State for Works, Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub; and the new Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Reps), Nasiru Baballe Ila, attended the event.