Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, on Thursday, acknowledged the concerns of Nigerians on the current state of the economy, security and other issues, assuring them of doubled efforts towards addressing the problems.
At a world press conference in Abuja, Abbas said the conference was dedicated to “addressing some of the most pressing national issues we face”.
He stated, “As the Speaker of the largest representative body in Nigeria, representing all corners of Nigeria, I feel it a duty to address some pressing challenges we face as a nation.
“The very fabric of our society is being tested, our resilience strained, and our unity challenged. However, amidst these trials, our spirit remains unbroken, and our resolve to overcome and thrive grows stronger.
“As representatives of the Nigerian people, we cannot pay lip service to the plight of the same individuals, who elected us into office to protect their interests. It is our resolve to see that Nigerians, wherever they are, live their normal lives in peace and relative ease.
“As elected representatives, we also acknowledge the pain and suffering of every family that had been a victim of brutal crimes and needless violence.
“Let it be known that your cries have not fallen on deaf ears, and your tears have not gone unseen. We stand in solidarity with every Nigerian affected and commit to deploying robust legislative measures to empower our security agencies, ensure justice, and restore peace and order in our communities.”
The speaker added, “It was natural to feel a sense of despair and frustration. The impact of the challenges I have identified above is felt in every home, on every street, and in the hearts of every Nigerian. Yet, it is precisely in times like these that our true strength as a nation is revealed.
“Our resilience, unity, and indomitable spirit have seen us through difficult times before, and I have no doubt that these qualities will carry us through again.”
Abbas spoke concerning the security challenges, saying, “I want you to know that your government hears you loud and clear. We are taking decisive steps to address the root causes of this menace, deploying both military and diplomatic resources to ensure the safety and security of all Nigerians. It is a complex challenge, one that requires patience and time to resolve, but I assure you that we are making progress.”
On the economy, Abbas said the government was equally committed to reversing the downturn and setting the country back on a path of sustainable growth. He said the policies of the President Bola Tinubu administration were designed to stimulate the economy, encourage investment, and create jobs.
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