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Gbajabiamila visits UK parliament, seeks support on insecurity

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has sought the support of the United Kingdom’s Parliament in the area of insecurity, parliamentary diplomacy, and political and economic prosperity in Nigeria.

Gbajabiamila stated that Nigeria remains a key player in global affairs and that the country’s parliament plays an important role in addressing issues through legislation. He said this during a visit to the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, in Westminster on Tuesday, according

According to a statement issued on Tuesday night by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, titled ‘Gbajabiamila Seeks UK Parliament’s Collaboration on Insecurity, Parliamentary Diplomacy, Others,’ he also noted that the Nigerian House had used parliamentary diplomacy at different times and it worked.

The Speaker said, “We intend to work in close collaboration with your Parliament,” adding that Nigeria and the UK have “a rich history between them.”

Gbajabiamila emphasised the need for the Parliament to come in whenever there is a government-to-government arrangement. “We try to use Parliamentary diplomacy to achieve certain things,” he added.

The Speaker also noted the House had at different occasions intervened on the issue of xenophobia in South Africa, the dispute involving Nigerian traders in Ghana and also ensured the evacuation of Nigerian students from Ukraine recently.

He said, “In a nutshell, it’s a noble idea that we come around to seek your collaboration. We know you’ll buy into this and support us for the Parliament to take its rightful place.”

Gbajabiamila further noted that the issue of security is very important as Nigeria is currently grappling with insecurity challenges. He said whatever happened to Nigeria “has a ricochet effect on other countries.”

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