By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau
With cases of insecurity across Nigeria giving citizens a cause for concern, Speaker of Federal House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Emerging from the meeting which held behind closed door, Speaker Gbajabiamila told State House Correspondents that he had fruitful discussions with President Buhari on security, political, economic and social issues.
Gbajabiamila’s chat with journalists went thus:
What do you want Nigerians to know about this your latest engagement with the President today?
“It’s the usual normal engagement. I came to see him, I haven’t seen him in a little while. I came to see him to exchange ideas, rub minds together as to where we are as a country, rub minds together politically, economically, socially, which is a continuous engagement for four years. That’s all this was all about”.
Did you speak on the security in the country?
“We will always speak about security because that’s number one. We speak about the security situation, we speak about the economy, will speak about the politics of it all and at least he has a listening ear. We proffer ideas, you know, he tells us his own views, and we come to some consensus, one way or the other.
“Some of these things, you cannot be privy to them for now. We’re still working on a way out. All I will always say, I say it all the time, uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.
“The President is dealing with a very, very difficult situation and he is as passionate as anybody else to bring it to closure and we are here to help him bring it to closure.
Are there other suggestions presented to him, as regards the fight against insurgency in this country?
“You are aware that the House of Representatives, some time ago, passed a resolution and we set up an Ad hoc Committee, a special Ad hoc Committee, which involves all principal officers and 30 other members of the House and we’re going to start that process looking at the different solutions and we’ll be bringing the reports to Mr. President.
He is fully aware of it and he’s opened to anything and everything that will help us in coming to a resolution in this matter”.