Reps to summon Buhari over security situation


The leadership of Nigerian House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to summon President Muhammadu Buhari, of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), to appear before it and explain mounting insecurity crises in the country, especially wanton killings in North Central Nigeria.

The decision to summon Buhari came following a motion moved by an APC Rep member from Kano State, Mr. Bashir Baballe, which was passed in a unanimous voice vote.

The House also suspended legislative sittings for three days in solidarity with victims of the killings in the country.

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Fulani herdsmen had on Tuesday killed 19 people in a Catholic Church in Benue State, while massive killings are ongoing in Taraba, Plateau and some parts of the federation.

Kingsley Chinda, a lawmaker representing Nigeria's oil-rich state of Rivers, said the decision of the president was "an impeachable offense", noting the Nigerian Constitution did not give room for anticipatory approval of the budget.

"It is unfortunate that instead of defining and facing the challenges confronting our nation, the Presidency is busy chasing straws thereby failing to nip in the bud a unsafe dimension in our national history".

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"We seem to be laying the foundation for Nigeria to be declared a failed state".

"Almost everyday, we move motions relating to killings in this house. The time has come for leaders of the national assembly to sit down with Buhari and summon the security chiefs and interrogate them on these issues".

Controversy over President Muhammadu Buhari's characterization of Nigerian youths has taken a new dimension with a page being created on Wikipedia in acknowledgment of the social media revolt of young Nigerians against their description, tagged, #LazyNigerianYouths.

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