Buhari shuns Reps summon, absent at plenary

Buhari shuns Reps summon, absent at plenary

- Despite advice and pleading from some well-meaning Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari did not honour the invitation of the House of Reps

- The president was absent at the plenary of the House which was fixed for Thursday, December 10

- The speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, said that House is still waiting to hear from the presidency on this

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, December 10, failed to honour the invitation by the House of Representatives to address them on the security situation in the country.

The president who was expected at the floor of the green chamber did not show up before or even during the commencement of plenary on Thursday, Channels TV reports.

Following this, a member of the House, Solomon Bob (from Rivers state) raised a point of order over the president’s refusal to honour the invitation of the House.

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Buhari shuns Reps summon, absent at plenary
President Buhari was absent during the plenary of the House of Reps on Thursday, December 10 (Photo: @Mbuhari, @HouseNGR)
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The speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, in response said the House will wait for official communication from President Buhari.

Earlier, Femi Falana (SAN) had cited sections of the constitution that empowers the National Assembly to summon President Buhari.

Falana, in a statement that came as a reaction to Malami's position, insisted that President Buhari was under moral and legal obligation to honour NASS' invitation.

The renowned Nigerian lawyer went on to say the president should not embarrass himself by disregarding the invitation.

His words:

“On his own part, the honourable attorney-general of the federation has questioned the constitutional power of the national assembly to invite the President on the grounds that as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces he cannot be compelled to disclose operational details of the defence of the country.
“With respect, the president is under a moral and legal obligation to honour the invitation."

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Falana noted that the president had accepted the invitation and it would be embarrassing to now turn around and refuse to honour it.

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