Borno massacre: Buhari agrees to honour House summons at indeterminate time


President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed to honour the summons by members of the House of Representatives to appear and brief them on national security

The speaker of the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, disclosed this to journalists after a meeting with the president his office at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday.

It would be recalled that the House had on Tuesday, passed a resolution, summoning Buhari to appear and answer questions bordering on insecurity that has plagued the country.

The invitation followed last weekend’s dastard killing of over 60 rice farmers in Zabarmari community in Borno State by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The speaker said the leadership of the house and the president had agreed on a date for his (Buhari) appearance at the National Assembly, saying the date would soon be made known to Nigerians.

“We came to see the President on developments in the country. He was so willing to listen as typical of the President, the usual democrat that he is.

“What we basically sought was to convey the resolution of the House and to fix a date which we did not fix, out of respect for Mr. President and his very tight schedule, what date will be convenient.

“We have agreed on a date and he will meet with the House to address the situation. We have fixed a date but we will communicate with you.

“He is a perfect democrat; he will come to the House to address members in the nearest future,” he said.

On the feelings of the president on the nation’s security challenges, the speaker said, “I think he is more concerned than me and you. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.

“We will leave everything until when he comes to the House. Let me not pre-empt him.

“All I can tell you for now is that he is fully committed to the security of lives and property of Nigerians.”


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