Borno Killings: Reps Invite Buhari Over Security Situation

Adeze Ojukwu

The House of Representatives at its Tuesday’s plenary invited President Muhammadu Buhari to brief lawmakers on the security situation in the country.

This invitation, came following a heated debate by members on a motion of urgent public importance on the recent killings of over 43 rice farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents.

This was contained in a series of tweets posted in the official handle @HouseNGR.
The motion, which among other prayers, sought to investigate the killings, was moved by a member representing Jere Federal Constituency, Rep. Satomi Ahmad, and nine other lawmakers from Borno State.

‘The lawmakers also urged the President to reorganise the security architecture of the country.’

‘The house was however divided about the invitation of the president, with some members citing security reasons for opposing the move.’

‘However the Speaker put the amended motion to a voice vote, and the lawmakers unanimously adopted it.’

‘The session, which was presided over by the Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, held a brief executive session to deliberate on the decision to invite the President.’

‘The motion for the amendment of the original prayers contained in the motion was seconded by Rep. Munnir Babba Dan-Agundi from Kano state.’

After returning from the closed-door session, Gbajabiamila asked one of the sponsors of the motion, Ahmad Jaha, to amend the motion.

Jaha prayed the House to invite the president as proposed in the original motion.

The motion was endorsed and passed in a unanimous vote by the House.
Meanwhile, the House adjourned plenary till Thursday, December 3, 2020, following a motion for adjournment moved by Rep. Mohammed Wudil and seconded by the minority leader of the House, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu.

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