There are indications that the planned address of a joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday over the worsening security situation in Nigeria will not happen.
This followed the move by governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s National Executive Council meeting held in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to Premium Times, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, moved the motion for the cancellation of the President’s planned address, reportedly citing a possibility of unnecessary imitations of such invitation by state assemblies nationwide.
He was reportedly quickly supported by Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi and other colleagues.
It will be recalled that the House of Representatives had earlier summoned the president over the worsening security situation in the country after a riotous debate.
The attack by Boko Haram on November 28, on mostly rice farmers in Zabarmari, a community in Jere Local Government Area, saw at least 43 farmers killed. More than a dozen are still said to be missing till date.
The incident immediately sparked local and international outrage, with many Nigerians calling for the resignation of service chiefs and even the president himself.
Less than a week after the summon was made, President Buhari agreed to address the joint session of the two chambers on the issue of Boko-Haram and the general insecurity across the country.
However, indications have now emerged that the governors have scheduled a meeting with National Assembly members. It is, however, not yet clear what the composition of the meeting would be.