House Of Representatives To Summon President Buhari Over Gruesome Borno killings

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The House of Representatives has finally resolved to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to address members in plenary over the security crises across the country.

According to Punch, the plenary turned rowdy on Tuesday after members were divided over a motion seeking to summon the president to appear before the lawmakers to explain the rising spate of insecurity in Nigeria.

The House was considering a motion moved by members from Borno State on the recent massacre of 43 rice farmers in the state by Boko Haram insurgents. Part of the prayers was to invite Buhari to appear on the floor of the House and address the lawmakers in plenary.

Efforts by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and Chairman, House Committee on Air Force, Shehu Koko, among others, to have the prayer dropped proved abortive.

Gbajabiamila’s plea that a state of emergency be adopted instead was also rebuffed.  The Speaker was forced to ask that the lawmakers have an executive (closed-door) session.

Meanwhile, Buhari has expressed grief over the horrific massacre. In a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Buhari said he had given the military all needed support to protect the country.

“I condemn the killing of our hardworking farm. The entire country’s hurt by these senseless killings. My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief. May their souls rest In peace,” Shehu quoted the president to have said.

He added, “President Buhari said the government had given all the needed support to the armed forces “to take all necessary steps to protect the country’s population and its territory.”

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