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FEMI GBAJABIAMILA SEEKS UK PARLIAMENT’S COLLABORATION ON INSECURITY

FEMI GBAJABIAMILA SEEKS UK PARLIAMENT'S COLLABORATION ON INSECURITY

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

 

Gbajabiamila, spoke during a visit to the Speaker of the UK’s House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, in Westminster, saying the Nigerian House had used Parliamentary diplomacy at different times and it worked.

 

According to him, Nigeria remains a key player in global affairs and that its Parliament plays an important role in addressing issues through legislation.

 

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

 

He  emphasized the need for the Parliament to come in whenever there is a government-to-government arrangement.

 

Gbajabiamila  stated that 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.

 

The Speaker  noted that the issue of security is very important as Nigeria is currently grappling with insecurity challenges.

 

The Speaker of the UK’s House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, lauded the idea of legislative diplomacy, saying he was also disposed to soft diplomacy, which he said Parliaments across the world should consider as a different approach.

 

He asserted that  Nigeria is a crucial country to have such diplomatic ties with.

 

Sir Hoyle promised to help where necessary to speak with the officials of the British government as regard some of the issues discussed.

 

He noted that peace and stability are priceless, stating that the ballot box is the answer to political instability.

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