Commotion!!! National Assembly On Fire, As Senators ‘Fight’ Over President Buhari’s Latest Reckless Statement In London

By Amako Nneji April 12, 2018 15:33

Commotion!!! National Assembly On Fire, As Senators ‘Fight’ Over President Buhari’s Latest Reckless Statement In London

The Senate, on Thursday, experienced a moment of rowdy session, over comments by a Senator, Enyinaya Abaribe (Abia South), when he described President Muhammadu Buhari as incompetent.

Abaribe’s comment came on the heels of a motion he moved under matters of urgent public importance, reacting to the President’s assertions in the United Kingdom, UK, on Wednesday, that “killer herdsmen are Libyan mercenaries trained by Ghadafi’s Soldiers”.

Buhari was said to have made the comment while receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, Sir Justin Welby, at the Abuja House, UK, on Wednesday.

He reportedly blamed the farmers/herders clashes on militias trained by Muammar Ghaddafi, the slain Leader of Libya.

Consequently, Senator Abaribe while reacting to the comments on the floor of the Senate, stated that Buhari’s comment was an admission of Nigeria’s invasion by foreign fighters.

He, therefore, wondered why the President was still the Commander-in-Chief, when he could not protect the country from invasion.

“The matter of herdsmen versus farmers that two explanations were given by highly ranked security personnel in Nigeria. First of all, the IGP said that these killings were as a result of laws being passed by States. Secondly, the Defence Minister said that these killings were as a result of the blockage of routes through which these herders are to move their cattle.

“And we continued to look at all these explanations. Yesterday in London, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the President of Nigeria, said the killings are as a result of the people who were trained by the late Muammar Ghaddafi, and so implying that these people doing these killings in Nigeria are from outside Nigeria, and even if he says they are invaders from outside Nigeria, what it means is that now it validates my last point on this floor.

“When a Commander-in-Chief cannot take care of invaders, invading Nigeria why is he still a Commander-in-Chief, why do we continue to indulge? Why do we continue to indulge this President, that everywhere he goes along to tell everyone outside this country that he is totally incompetent, because it is obvious”, Abaribe said.

At this point, the Chamber erupted, with Lawmakers calling for “Points of Order”, with some Senators shouting on top of their voices saying: “You (Abaribe) cannot finish your statement!”

After the Presiding Officer, Senate President Bukola Saraki, managed to return order to the Chamber, Senate Majority Leader, Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe), then cited Order 53 of the Senate Rules, saying that: “the President deserves respect.”

“The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the Leader of this country, and deserves the respect and courtesy of this Chamber and those of us in it”, Lawan said.

Continuing, he added: “I was once a member of the opposition, and I do not recall ever calling the then President names or insult him. This is our institution. If we do not conduct ourselves with respect, nobody will. I want to ask my colleague to immediately withdraw his statement and apologise to this Chamber.”

Providing some intervention on the matter, Saraki cautioned Senator Abaribe, saying that offensive words should not be used.

Abaribe, in his defence, said: “I am very well guided by you, but there are words that there are no alternatives to. What I did was to interpret the words by Mr. President in London. If any word I used is misunderstood by anyone, I apologise. What I am saying is simple.”

The matter was however, laid to rest with the introduction of other items on the Order Paper for the day.

 

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