Bukhari Keep Reps, Senate Suspended as President does not comply with NASS invitation
President Muhammadu Bukhari did not approve of an invitation from the House of Representatives to address the security situation in the country, but Burhari did not attend Thursday’s plenary meeting.
The House, in a December 1 resolution, invited Bukhari to talk about the real state of the security situation in the country after the killing of 78 rice farmers by Boko Haram.
The invitation was delivered to the President by the press secretary of Femi Gbajabiamila and other leaders. Burhari at the meeting decided to appeal to the Chamber.
A few days later, on December 7, Lauretta Onochi, the president’s personal social media assistant, announced that the president would speak at a joint session of the National Assembly today, but President Bukhari was not seen at the start of the plenary session on Thursday. …
Rivers State Representative Solomon Bob raised a point of order over the President’s failure to appear, asking spokesman Femi Gbajabiamila to close the chamber. In response, Gbajabiamila said that the chamber will await an official message from the president.
The refusal of the president to appear could be due to the opinion of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General Abubakar Malami.
On Wednesday, he released a statement saying the National Assembly has no right to invite Bukhari, and his comment was vehemently denied by several seasoned lawyers.