OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has resolved to invite President Muhammadu Buhari over the Zabarmari massacre in which over 40 rice farmers were gruesomely murdered by boko haram has caused an uproar among members.
This was after a debate on the motion to that effect had caused an uproar which forced the lawmakers into a closed door session.
The motion, co-sponsored by members from Borno State, threw the House into the row when the mover, Mr. Ahmed Satome, was observed to have skipped the first of the three-points prayers which asked that the President be invited to parliament over the frightening security situation in the country.
This omission was immediately greeted by an objection from Mr. Ahmed Jaha, who insisted that the President must be invited as prayed in the motion. This led to a back-and-forth rancor among members.
Mr. Jaha’s call was opposed by Mr. Shehu Koko (APC, Kebbi) who dismissed it saying, “you cannot invite Mr. President because of security situation; rather, I will suggest the leadership of the House interface with the President on the issue”.
But even before he could complete his submission, other members were already shouting at him, ” sit down, sit down, sit down “.
The members who were obviously angry could be heard in loud voices insisting that the President be invited to explain the security situation in the country.
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, shortly before the executive session, also opposed the move to invite the President. “The President can not be invited,” he said, stressing that “it will expose the plan of the Nigerian army against the Boko Haram and it will be counter-productive.”
The sitting was however forced into an executive session when the speaker saw that the debate to invite Buhari over Zabarmari was getting out of hand.
Upon resumption from the closed door session, the speaker asked Mr. Jaha to move for amendment of the motion to summon the President and it was unanimously adopted. However, no date was announced as to when the President is expected to appear.
Recall that about scores of farmers were killed in Borno state over the weekend by suspected Boko Haram terrorist group. The senate minority caucus described the act as an embarrassment to Nigeria in a statement yesterday.
Recall that the President, in the wake of the dastardly killings, restated earlier orders for the military to root out the terrorists.
Click link below for the motion to invite Buhari: