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Lagos Assembly Backs Southern Governors’ Asaba Resolutions

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Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have thrown their weight behind the southern governors resolutions, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the demands in order to put a stop to the insecurity challenges facing Nigeria.

The lawmakers also commended the southern governors for speaking with one voice, adding that Buhari should at a matter of urgency address the nation on the issues raised by the governors.

They also charged the state governors to commence restructuring of their individual state, adding that most of the governors were yet to grant autonomy to the legislature and the judiciary.

The lawmakers called on the National Assembly to begin a review of the unity of the country along the principle of federalism, even as they reiterated their earlier demand for State Police as the current policing structure had been overwhelmed.

These resolutions were made during plenary session on Tuesday under matters of urgent public importance raised by the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon Noheem Adams.

Adams, who analysed the poor state of the nation, commended the efforts of the southern governors for rising up against the insecurity facing the nation.

He added that the unity of the country should be based on fairness, justice, equity and peaceful co-existence, appealing to the Lawmakers to support the southern governors on their resolutions.

The Deputy Majority leader stated that the southern governors had clearly stated the minds of every southerner on insecurity, appealing to President Buhari to listen to the governors and implement their resolutions.

While contributing, Hon. Kehinde Joseph (Alimosho 1) said that there was need for devolution of powers in the federation so that the insecurity challenges could be addressed promptly, adding that the rate of killings in the country was alarming and increasing daily.

Joseph charged the National Assembly to introduce bill that would move security from exclusive to concurrent list, adding that the provision of security should not be left in the hands of the federal government alone.

The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, in his comments, said that the country could not continue in the way it was going, calling on the federal government to come out openly to address the nation as the President cannot be quiet on issues of national concerns.

The Speaker of the House, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, said that it was the first time the southern governors would come together to speak with one voice on the insecurity situation, adding that some of the resolutions, most especially State Police had been called for by the House for so long.

He commended the southern governors on their efforts, advising them to take a step further in meeting with the President on their resolutions.

Obasa added that to address the insecurity, the first thing to do was to decentralise the policing system in the country, adding that restructuring would put an end to the agitation for seccession by different ethnic groups and individuals.

He directed the Clerk of the House, Barr. Olalekan Onafeko to write the appropriate quarters on their resolutions.

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