Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Buhari to address National Assembly on insecurity

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President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed to address the House of Representatives on the state of insecurity in the country, as requested by the lawmakers.

According to the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, a date has been agreed and it will be communicated soon.

He stated that the president is more concerned than most other people about the nation’s level of insecurity and will speak to the Nigerian people through their representatives soon.

The decision to summon President Buhari was taken at Tuesday’s plenary when the House considered a motion moved by members from Borno State on the recent massacre of 43 rice farmers in the state by Boko Haram insurgents.

The debate had earlier turned rowdy after the Speaker appealed that it would be inappropriate to invite the president to disclose the actions being taken towards handling the security situation in the country.

The Speaker had described it as counter-productive but the House then went into an executive session to resolve the matter.

After that session which was held behind closed doors, the House resumed and Representative Ahmed Jaha who was one of the sponsors, moved an amendment to invite the President to brief the legislature on the security situation in the country.

His amendment was seconded and unanimously adopted.