Religious Riots: Nigeria's Reps summon Jonathan

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a motion requesting President Goodluck Jonathan and the nation’s security chiefs, to address it in a closed door session on the current security challenges facing the country.

This followed a motion moved by Hon Yakubu Barde (Kaduna state) who had initially demanded that the National Security Adviser, NSA should address a joint sitting of the National Assembly, on the security situation and what the government is doing about it.

Femi Gbajabiamila (Lagos state), however proposed an amendment to the motion, which was subsequently adopted by the lawmakers. He said this is because a joint concurrence of members of both chambers will be needed to carry the initial motion through.

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“I want us to note that the motion will need the concurrence of the joint National Assembly, as such, we should further amend that amendment that the president should address the joint sitting of the House alone in a closed session, instead of the whole National Assembly which would require a joint resolution”, Gbajabiamila said.

The lawmakers also called on government to beef up security by taking the responsibility of protecting human lives and properties bestowed on it by the constitution more seriously.

Some also called for the introduction of community policing as parts of efforts to address the growing security concerns.

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