House of Reps Summons Buhari Over Security Situation
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to appear before the House of Representatives to explain steps his administration is taking on the security situation in Nigeria.
This followed the motion moved, endorsed and passed in a unanimous vote by the green chamber of the National Assembly at its plenary on Tuesday.
A member of the lower chamber of the parliament Jere Federal Constituency, Mr Satomi Ahmad, and nine other lawmakers from Borno State had moved a motion today on the killing of 43 rice farmers from the state by Boko Haram terrorists over the weekend.
The farmers were slaughtered on their farms by the non-state actors and drew a global condemnation as well as from the President, who was not happy about the killing.
At the plenary today, the lawmakers said they want President Buhari to address them on the security situation because things are already getting out of hands.
During the debate over the Borno killing, the lawmakers said efforts must be taken to protect citizens of the country because it is one of the basis responsibilities of the government.
The lawmakers, who were visibly angry over the killing, want the securities operatives and the government to investigate the killing.
They also urged the President to reorganise the security architecture of the country so as to make the nation safe for residents.
The session, which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, held a brief executive session to deliberate on the decision to invite the President.
The member representing Damboa/Chibok/Gwoza Federal Constituency, Mr Ahmad Jaha, amended the motion to read “Invite Mr President to come to the House and explain the security situation in the country.”
The motion for the amendment of the original prayers contained in the motion was seconded by Mr Munnir Babba Dan-Agundi from Kano State and was passed thereafter.