Tuesday’s Plenary at the House of Representatives turned rowdy over a motion seeking to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before the lawmakers to explain the rising spate of insecurity in the country.

A motion moved by members from Borno State on the brutal killing of 43 rice farmers in the state by Boko Haram terrorists got the House sharply divided.

Part of the prayers was to invite Buhari to appear on the floor of the House and address the lawmakers in plenary.


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Efforts by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and Chairman, House Committee on Air Force, Shehu Koko, among others, to have the prayer dropped proved abortive.

Gbajabiamila’s plea that a state of emergency be adopted instead was also rebuffed.

The Speaker was forced to ask that the lawmakers to have an executive (closed-door) session.

Details later…