Following a debate on Nigeria’s security challenges, the House of Representatives has on Tuesday resolved to investigate all Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) operating in the country.
The speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila also hinted that the lawmakers may reintroduce a bill seeking to regulate the operations of the NGOs.
The controversial bill was introduced in the last session; it will now have to be debated afresh.
Gbajabiamila said security chiefs had during a meeting with the house leadership on Monday, complained of the activities of some of the NGOs identified as “bad eggs”.
“Buba Jubrin in the 8th Assembly sponsored the NGO bill, and there was a lot of public outcry,” he said.
“But with the revelations from the meeting with the security chiefs, this time we will invite the NGOs and we may need to revisit the bill, because we are sure they will not want few rotten eggs to spoil the whole basket, we will invite them.”
The house also approved a motion asking relevant committees to “investigate all NGOs in Nigeria to investigate their total number and source of funding”.
The development comes a few days after the Nigerian army shut down the operations of Action Against Hunger, one of the NGOs providing relief for victims of Boko Haram in the north-east. The army accused the organisation of providing food for Boko Haram insurgents.