Dogara questions deployment of military in ‘over 28 states’

House of Rep Sitting - 11 - Hon Yakubu Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has described as “worrisome”, the deployment of Nigerian soldiers to more than 28 states of the federation in peace time, saying Nigeria is effectively in a permanent state of emergency.

He made this known at a capacity/ Interactive Needs Assessment Workshop of Security Sector Related Committees in the House of Representatives, organised in collaboration with Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre.

He said rather than complement civil authorities in maintaining law and order in the country, the Nigerian armed forces have now become civil authorities on their own, carrying out routine duties of police.

Making reference to Section 217 of the 1999 Constitution, the speaker described as alarming, a situation where Nigerian Armed forces are deployed to 28 states despite the country being at peace time.

“It is worrisome that Nigeria is effectively permanently in a state of emergency as the Armed Forces are deployed in more than 28 States of the Federation in peacetime,” the speaker said.

“The Armed Forces have virtually taken over routine Police work in Nigeria. It is no longer acting in aid of civil authorities but has become the civil authority itself.”

“S .217 of the Constitution spells out the duties and responsibilities of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, which includes – defending Nigeria from external aggression; maintaining Nigeria’s territorial integrity and securing our borders from violation from a Land, Sea or Air; suppressing insurrection and acting in aid of civil authorities to restore order when called upon to do so by the President,” he said.

He added that the National Assembly had resolved to ensure that all funds allocated for security purposes were judiciously used and accounted for.

Mr. Dogara acknowledged the security challenges in the country and assured that the House would continue to come up with legislative measures and oversight mechanisms to address such challenges.

“This past experience which saw a powerful military exercise absolute control and authority over the machinery of government has translated to the current challenge of getting these institution to subject itself to legislative scrutiny,” he said.

“The often seen consequence of this is inadequate and inefficient delivery of security to citizens, as well as lack of accountability and transparency as it relates to security expenditure. The House has consequently, recently amended the Public Procurement Act to make the Armed Forces more accountable in procurement matters.”


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  • MilitaryPolice01

    Mr Speaker, the country is unsafe and is crime/crises ridden; almost everyone lives in total fear for their lives and property. It is time to put political correctness aside and commonsensically agree that in the face of such insecurity, there is no need for the military to stay idle in the barracks while the DSS and Police are overwhelmed.

    • Malik Isah

      Don’t mind the man . Let him give up the security around him.

    • Emancipation

      This means getting it right in a wrong way.

  • Riot50000

    Some DEMOCRACY. Dogara is very smart for a Nigerian politician. Slowly, the military that knew their place under Jonathan, has started militarizing the ZOO, again. Nigerians beg to be treated like Animals. Nigerians are always waiting for CHANGE, but they don’t know exactly what they are looking for. Every smart, knowledgeable and brave individual that speaks up gets sgut down by a sea of imbeciles with no clue.

  • Aliyu

    This is a testimony to what people have been saying that security situation in the country is still precarious. If truly, as the government in power constantly claims, that security in the country has improved, why then should we be having soldiers in about 28 states across the country?
    There is so much strife, anger, uncerttainty in the land. Kidnappers are on the prowl. Imagine school children being kidnapped at will. Dare devil armed robbers now operate freely. This is simply because the govt has failed in its social contract with the people.
    Instead of finding way to tackle the menace, they keep dishing out lies upon lies. This is totally unaccepteable.

  • Uzoma John

    Urgent situations need urgent measures. This is not peculiar to Nigeria. With the drum of war and secession everywhere, why is Dogara question the presence of military in 28 states. This means Dogara and co in the National Assembly are leaving in denial. Even here in Britain, as well as Germany and France, the menace of terrorists made the various Governments to deploy troops to major cities. Up till today, since the Paris attack of last year, the entire France is still in a state of emergency. Dogara, if you care about the citizens of Nigeria, you should commend what the Executive has done to deploy soldiers to augment Police to keep the peace. This shows how withdrawn and aloof some of you in National Assembly are to critical issues of national security. All you guys know is to cut the budget, meant for well meaning projects that will propel the economy and benefit all Nigerians, to suit your selfish needs. Nonsense.

    • MICT NIGERIA LIMITED

      u lack experience in this issue.

      • Uzoma John

        Loafer. Just keep quiet since you don’t know what you are saying.

  • MICT NIGERIA LIMITED

    I saw coup!!!