The House of Representatives says it has dropped both “immediate and future” plans of inviting President Muhammadu Buhari to address the lawmakers on rising insecurity in the country, The Nation Newspaper reports on Saturday
The leadership of the House says it is no longer keen on inviting the presidency and thus have apologized on behalf of the house members,
We gathered that some of the lawmakers behind the motion to invite Buhari had apologized to the Presidency according to inner caucus found that the initial invitation had assumed ethnic and political dimension.
They claimed that their motion was not intended to embarrass the President, contrary to insinuations in some quarters, as Some members had sponsored a motion to seek the urgent intervention of the Presidency following the recent killing of 48 farmers in Zabamari, Borno State.
Recall that On December 1, the house of representatives passed a resolution Summoning The President following the killing of more than 40 farmers in Borno state.
The motion was moved by Satomi Ahmad, lawmaker representing Jere federal constituency, and nine others from Borno, who had insisted that Buhari had to address the lower legislative chamber of the national assembly on the government’s efforts on addressing insecurity in the country.
Thereafter, Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house, on December 2, said the president had agreed to address the lawmakers.
But Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), had argued that the national assembly has no constitutional powers to summon the President
The newspaper quoted a source in the house as saying the invitation had “assumed an ethnic and political dimension”.
The source reportedly said some lawmakers from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wanted to use the avenue to criticize Buhari’s administration.
The source also said it was discovered that some of the lawmakers who sponsored the motion went “through the back door” to apologize to the presidency over their insistence that Buhari appeared before them.
“The house of representatives has foreclosed or dropped any immediate or future plans to invite President Muhammadu Buhari over insecurity in the country because a harmless motion has become political,” the source was quoted to have said.
“I can tell you that we will no longer revisit the invitation. But we will be interacting with service chiefs and other ministers in charge of the nation’s security.