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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere, And Others Ask Buhari To Honour Reps’ Summons

Ohanaeze, Afenifere, NCF Ask Buhari To Honour Reps’ Summons
Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Afenifere
The apex Igbo so­cio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo together with Pan-Yoru­ba socio-political organi­sation, Afenifere, and other well-known legal organizations have joined forces to call on President Muhammadu Bu­hari to honour the invitation of House of Representatives following the killing of farmers in Borno on Saturday by Boko Haram Insurgents.

The House of Represen­tatives on Tuesday resolved to invite President Buhari to appear before it to explain cir­cumstances surrounding the current state of insecurity in the North-East and other plac­es in the country.

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the group,  Chuks Ibegbu, in a statement said that the members of the House of Representatives have the right to invite the president to appear before them over se­curity situation. Therefore, President Buhari should honour the invi­tation if he is representing the people of Nigeria.

He added that in as much as Buhari is still the President of Nigeria, he will have to appear before the House because the President has failed the peo­ple by refusing to refurbish the security architecture of the country.

“Nigeria needs security forces that are proactive and intelligent gathering and not one-sided security forces.

“It’s unfortunate that se­curity operatives in Nigeria are one-sided so the president needs to bring in experts ir­respective of state or region they come from.

“President Buhari was elected to find a solution to Ni­geria’s problems especially the insecurity but unfortu­nately he has failed the people by refusing to find a solution to the country’s problems,” Ibegbu said.

Afenifere also on Tues­day said it is mandatory for Buhari to brief the House of Representatives on the true state of the security situation in the country.

Speaking with Daily Inde­pendent, Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, said the pres­ident should appear before the lawmakers in order to give Nigerians the true picture of things and steps being taken to stop mindless killings in the country.

“Definitely, he should ap­pear before the lawmakers. Except he is not the president of the country, that is why he should not honour the invita­tion. But if he is the President of Nigeria, he should honour it. The killings in the country is too much.

"How can 110 people be killed in a day? And yet the spokesman of the president will be making useless state­ments, blaming the farmers for not obtaining military clearance before entering their farms. What respect do these people have for human blood? They don’t have respect for human lives anymore.

“If the president has scant regards for the lives of Nige­rians, he must honour the invitation and explain to the lawmakers what is going on. He is our commander-in-chief, not our lamenter-in-chief.

“After the killings, he will be saying ‘I am shocked’, ‘I condemn it’. No, we don’t need to condemn killings. What are you doing to prevent further killings? He needs to go and tell the lawmakers,” Yinka.

Also speaking, Tanko Yunusa, a former presidential candidate and National Con­sultative Front’s (NCF) Head of Public Affairs Bureau, said the president must hon­our the invitation and speak to the lawmakers who are the representatives of the people.

"Definitely, he should ap­pear before the lawmakers. He needs to come and talk to Nigerians through their elected representatives on the steps he is taking to keep Nigeria secure. He should go and explain what is happen­ing as Nigerians have a right to know. Nigerians are not happy,” he said.

In addition to these opinions, one of the national leaders of APC, Prince Tony Momoh, said the lawmakers have a right to invite the president, but it may be difficult for him to divulge important security informa­tion in public.

“They can invite anybody to explain but I don’t know how the president can come to them and start to explain se­curity issues to them in front of the camera. As the pres­ident, he gets a briefing from service chiefs on the security situation. Will he now be re­vealing this in public glare?” he said

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