House of Representatives Speaker, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal on Thursday called on the British government to assist Nigeria in addressing ongoing security challenge.
Hon. Tambuwal made this call while receiving the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Lloyd and the visiting permanent secretary, Department for International Development (DFID ), Mark Lowcock in his office.
The honorable speaker said such intervention was necessary to help enthrone an atmosphere that will promote peace.
He also appealed for understanding from Nigeria’s friends and neighbours on the situation in the country.
In his words;
“We are in interesting times in Nigeria. And I will like to use this opportunity to call on our friends to understand our situation. They should understand our situation because the phenomenon we are facing in Nigeria in terms of security challenge is not only peculiar to Nigeria as a country. It is becoming a global phenomenon.
“So while you are making efforts in ensuring that you address the phenomenon in your own home country, also consider your brothers who are probably far away from you in terms of geographical expression but very close to you in terms of relationships.
“And please factor our interests in ensuring that we attain global peace because without peace there cannot be any meaningful development. It is on this note that I welcome you and I wish you a very pleasant stay in Nigeria.”
Hon. Tambuwal also mentioned that Britain has been involved in relentless fight for peace in its country and other parts of the world, saying that improved security in Nigeria will help foster global peace.
Mark Lowcock did not comment on the security challenge facing Nigeria, but pledged to continue to collaborate with Nigeria in all development initiatives adding that he was impressed with the way the leadership of the House has been addressing some of the issues especially those relating to women, children and human rights.