The House of Representatives on Thursday extended yet another invitation to President Muhammadu Buhari to intimate the chamber on his administration’s handling of the high spate of insecurity across Nigeria.
That makes it the second invitation by the lawmakers to the President within three weeks.
On April 11, 2019, House had unanimously adopted a motion with the mandate to issue a query to the President, asking him to explain the spate of insecurity under his administration within 48 hours.
The lawmakers resolved to “request that the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces address the House and the entire nation within 48 hours.”
Another motion was also adopted at the plenary on Tuesday on the security crises in parts of Katsina State, making the chamber to reinvite the President.
Hundreds of people have been killed by armed bandits in Zamfara state alone.
The Buhari administration has since deployed soldiers, policemen and other security personnel in the affected states.
And after an extensive debate on the matter, a request by Danburam Nuhu (PDP, Kano), that the state of emergency be extended to the whole of North West region was overruled by majority voice votes.
But Ali Madaki (PDP, Kano) urged that “this man” should be invited by the lawmakers to explain why the killings have continued unabated, to which Speaker Yakubu Dogara corrected him by inserting “Mr. President.”
When put to voice vote, majority of the lawmakers, it was learned, supported that President Buhari should be invited to disclose measures being taken by his government to curtail the ongoing killings.
“It is the constitutional duty of lawmakers to take action whenever brutal and inhuman attacks are being inflicted on any community or group of people of this country,” Dogara said.