As federal lawmakers resumed from their two months recess on Tuesday, the House of Representatives called for more urgent response to the security situation in the Northeast which is threatening the unity of the country.
At the resumption of sitting, the House resolved to review its legislative inhibitions militating against foreign military support in Nigeria’s fight against the insurgents.
A member of the House, Tahir Muhammad Monguno, moved a motion expressing concern about what he termed, “the dangerous territorial push by terrorists”.
Monguno told colleagues that the insurgents had now captured and taken full control of seven local governments areas in Borno State, two in Yobe State and two in Adamawa State.
He said many security formations in the affected areas had been overran by the group, thereby enabling them to declare a Caliphate and hoist their flag.
“The declaration of a Caliphate means those areas are no longer under the sovereignty of Nigeria. Mr. Speaker, this is a serious threat to the territorial integrity of Nigeria. The same territorial integrity we all swore here to protect,” Monguno stated.
He said the Boko Haram sect had routinely carried out gruesome murders and forcefully converted Christians to Islam.
“Those who feared for their lives and converted were conscripted into the fighting arm of the insurgents, while those who refused were instantaneously executed,” he informed.
Monguno urged the military to brace up to the challenge and defend the countries territories against external and internal forces.
Meanwhile, the House has announced new sitting days as it moves gradually to the end of the 7th legislative assembly. Announcing the new sitting days, chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Hon. Albert Sam Tsokwa, said that members would now sit from Monday to Thursday starting from 10.00 am daily, while the assembly might also sit on Friday from 9.00 am until noon.
Before now the House met from Tuesday to Thursday.