Insecurity: Nigerian federal lawmaker raises fear about lawmakers’ safety in Abuja

The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon Ndudi Elumelu, on Wednesday raised fear that the federal lawmakers are no more safe in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) due to the security situation.

Penpushing reports that, Elemelu made this known after the Deputy Speaker, Hon Idris Wase, announced that the House will adjourn till September 20, and he (Elemelu), therefore urged his colleagues to stay away from the city during their long holiday.

“I want to beg members, Abuja is no longer safe, please, if possible, go back to your constituency. The place is so insecure,” he said.

Penpushing further reports that, in reaction to Elemelu outburst, the Deputy Speaker of the House, who presided over the plenary, cautioned the minority leader against politicizing insecurity, adding that such comments could drive away investors from the country

“Security is everybody’s business and we should not play politics with security. I want to beg of us that we all need to come together, work together and think in a manner that we can work together to sort our issues.

“I believe the minority leader, maybe was putting some jokes but I do not believe that it was a joke on the security in the lives and property of the people and by the grace of God Abuja is going to be secured. I do not think we should scare investors who are coming into the country, I do not believe that we should scare people who could come to add value to us,” he said.

Penpushing also reports that, it is recalled that the Nigerian government recently directed the shutdown of all unity schools in the Abuja, while gunmen on Friday attacked some officials of the 7 Guards Battalion of the Nigerian Army Presidential Guards Brigade, where  eight soldiers including two officers were killed in the attack.

Meanwhile, in similar vein, it is recalled that in early July, terrorists launched a violent attack on the correctional centre in Kuje, Abuja, forcefully releasing hundreds of inmates, including Boko Haram members.

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