- Benjamin Kalu, the spokesman for the House of Representatives, has explained why Buhari was invited
- The invitation extended to the president by the House has generated mixed reactions among Nigerians
- Kalu, however, said that the lawmakers did not intend to ridicule Buhari over insecurity
Following the controversy that greeted the invitation of President Muhammadu Buhari by the House of Representatives over the high level of insecurity in the country, the House spokesperson, Benjamin Kalu, has given more explanation.
Vanguard reports that Kalu said the invitation extended to President Muhammadu Buhari was not aimed at ridiculing him over security matters.
Legit.ng gathered that Kalu said this while speaking with newsmen on Thursday, December 10, in Abuja, adding that the president was rather invited for engagement with the House on ways to address security challenges in the country.
The lawmaker noted that the idea of the invitation was to have a feedback mechanism on the security situation in the country, stressing that the partnership established by the 9th Assembly with the executive would be sustained.
Kalu stressed that since Nigeria was operating a democracy hinged on party supremacy, the president can decide to follow the advice of his part on any issue.
“The president is not more powerful than the party, but if he took a decision and his party took another, he must oblige the party."
The House spokesman said that the House did not act in error by inviting the president, adding that the house had the right to investigate issues bothering the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, was attacked over his position on the powers of the legislature to summon President Buhari.
It was reported that the House's deputy minority leader, Toby Okechukwu, said it is unfortunate that problems and unnecessary flexing of muscles ensue whenever one arm of government invites the other for dialogue on national issues.
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