President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the request by the House of Representatives to address the country on security challenges plaguing it, on the floor of the House.
Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, stated this on Wednesday in an interview with State House Correspondents after he led leaders of the House to a meeting with President Buhari in his office at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
While explaining that the meeting was to relay the resolution of the House to the President personally, Gbajabiamila said the address would be in the nearest future.
The Next Edition recalls that the House of Representatives, had on Tuesday, passed a resolution, inviting the President to the chambers of the House to answer questions over the security situation in the country.
The resolution followed a motion of urgent national importance moved by the House members from Borno State on last Saturday’s slaughtering of 43 rice farmers in the state.
Gbajabiamila said: “We came here to see the President, he was ever so willing to listen as typical of Mr. President the usual democrat that he is. And 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.
“We have agreed on a date he will meet with the House to address the situation.
“We will communicate the date to you, he is a perfect democrat and he will come to the House to address members and it will be in the nearest future.
“He is coming to talk to Nigerians through the House. You know the House as we have it, as it is constituted, all of Nigeria is present in the House.
“Every single constituency in this country is represented in the House. You shouldn’t look at it as Mr. President talking to the House, he is talking to Nigerians through their representatives.”
Asked to speak on how the President felt about the security situation in the country, the Speaker said “I think he is more concerned than me or you, that’s what I can say. You know they say uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.
“We will leave everything until when he comes to the House, let me not preempt him, but all I can tell you right now is that he is fully committed to the security, the welfare, lives and property of Nigerians.”