Buhari To Appear Before House Of Reps Over Worsening Security Situation

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President Muhammadu Buhari is set to appear the House of Representatives to answer questions on the worsening security situation in the country.

This followed a motion adopted by members of the lower chamber summoning the president over the persistent insurgent attacks in the country.

Addressing newsmen after a closed-door meeting with the president, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila said Buhari agreed to honour the summon of the legislative arm.

He said: “We came to see the President on developments in the country. He was so willing to listen as typical of the president.

“The usual democrat that he is. What we basically sought was to convey the resolution of the House and to fix a date which we did not fix out of respect for Mr. President and his very tight schedule, what date will be convenient.

“We have agreed on a date and he will meet with the House to address the situation. We have fixed a date but we will communicate with you. He is a perfect democrat. He will come to the House to address members in the nearest future,” he said.

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Asked what was his perception of the president’s handling of security threats ravaging the country, Gbajabiamila was swift to add that the president was more concerned about the worsening insecurity bedeviling the country.

He added, however, that he would avoid preempting the president until he personally appears before the House, adding that Buhari is committed to addressing security crises threatening the country.

According to Gbajabiamila, when Buhari appears before the House, he will not be there to address only the lawmakers, but will rather use the floor of the House as a platform to address the entire citizens of the country.

“I think he is more concerned than me and you. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. We will leave everything until when he comes to the House. Let me not pre-empt him. All I can tell you for now is that he is fully committed to the security of lives and property of Nigerians.

“He is coming to talk to Nigerians through the House. You know that the House, as it is constituted, every Nigerian is present in the House. Every constituency in this country is represented in the House. So, when Mr. President is talking to the House, he is talking to Nigerians through their representatives,” he added.

It will be recalled that the House had degenerated into a rowdy session on Tuesday following a motion presented by a member from Borno State, Hon. Satomi Ahmed, on behalf of other 10 Borno State lawmakers demanding the president to appear before the green chamber.


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