Nigerian Senate

South-east Senators disagreed with their counterparts from the North over the South East region’s adequate representation in the National Defence Council and National Security Council.

This followed a motion sponsored by Senator Victor Umeh who represents Anambra Central Senatorial district at the National Assembly on Tuesday.

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Senator Umeh called for the urgent need to appoint a representative of the South East into both councils, for purposes of equal representation.

The action of the lawmaker was, however, criticised by his colleague from Kano North, Senator Jibrin Barau.

Barau who read the composition of the National Security Council to the hearing of the lawmakers accused Umeh of misleading the red chamber.

He pointed out that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who is from the South East is a member of the National Security Council.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, then ruled that the matter be put on hold, to avoid further confusion.

The disagreement is the second in the upper chamber in one week.