PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has announced that he will appear before the National Assembly on Thursday to address both houses of parliament and update them on what his government is doing to tackle the growing insecurity across the country.
Last weekend, Boko Haram beheaded 43 farmers in Zabarmari, in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State as retribution for them cooperating with the military authorities. This cold-blooded murder has sparked widespread anger across Nigeria and last week, a debate on the matter got very heated in the House of Representatives.
Following heated arguments and an executive session later, the House resolved to invite the president to answer questions and a formal invitation is expected to be dispatched to him soon. A motion of urgent national importance was sponsored by members from Borno State, Honourables Ahmed Satomi, Mohammed Tahir Monguno, Zainab Gimba, Muktar Betara, Mallam Bukar Gana, Haruna Mshelia, Ahmadu Usman Jaha, Ibrahim Mohammed Bukar, Usman Zannah and Abdulkadir Rahis.
Presenting the motion, Hon Santomi, the lead sponsor, excluded the invitation and asked for the declaration of a state of emergency on insecurity. Despite opposition from Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Representatives, members stood by their demand that President Buhari must appear before them to address the issue.
Today, President Buhari’s spokeswoman Lauretta Onochie, tweeted that he will address a joint session of the National Assembly on Thursday December 10.
This was disclosed by Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie via her Twitter handle. House of Representatives spokesperson, Hon Ben Kalu also confirmed this, promising that the president will not be harassed during his visit.