BORNO KILLINGS: MOTION TO SUMMON PRE. BUHARI DIVIDES REPS

BY Leke Baiyewu

Plenary at the House of Representatives turned rowdy on Tuesday as members were sharply divided over a motion seeking to invite President Muhammad Buhari to appear before the lawmakers to explain the rising spate of insecurity in the country.

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 to have an executive (closed-door) session.

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