Speakers of House of Assemblies in South West states of Nigeria, have called on the Federal Government to take proactive steps in protecting Nigerians in South Africa.
The Chairman of the speakers, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, while speaking at the maiden edition of Conference of Speakers in the South-West zone on Friday night in Lagos made the call.
Obasa said, “We are gathered here today to deliberate on South-West economic and socio-political integration for progress.
“We know the problems confronting us as a region which includes kidnapping, theft, arson and herdsmen attacks on our people.
“It has reached an alarming height and we need to beef up our internal security; all stakeholders in the region should collaborate to find lasting solutions to the hydra-headed security problems confronting us.”
Obasa, who is also the speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, noted that the idea to establish special security offices across the region was also in the pipeline.
He urged the Local, State and the Federal Government to work assiduously to stem the threat to peace.
“There should be speedy action to halt this sad development, we condemn xenophobic attacks in its entirety and we urge our citizens to give peace a chance.
“Nigerians should not result to vandalisation of their investments in Nigeria in retaliation to South African xenophobia,” he said.
The Chairman, Conference of Speakers of South-West State Legislatures, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun, called on political stakeholders in the region to promote even development.
“We want peace and unity in South-Western states and we had robust debate on what is to be done to move our zone forward,” he said.
Oleyelogun, who is also the Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, said the South-West Speakers would return to their states to discuss with their governors and stakeholders on the way forward.
On how to fund the proposed special security offices across the region, he said that the governors were ready to support security issues affecting their states.
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