Reps ‘never apologized’ to presidency over invitation to Buhari – Official



Nigeria’s House of Representatives has debunked media reports that it has apologized to the presidency for an invitation asking President Muhammadu Buhari to brief members the growing insecurity.

A statement  made available to NEWSDIARYONLINE and signed  by Benjamin Kalu, the official Spokesperson of the House of Representatives,  said,  “the House never apologized to anyone for exercising her constitutional mandate and the 9th Assembly of the House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila will not do anything to desecrate or destroy the critical of democracy – the Legislature.”

 

Newsdiaryonline reports that the House recently invited the president for briefing the rising insecurity.Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila announced at the State House that an agreement had been reach with Buhari President to arrive.A presidential aide Lauretta Onochie announced the date her Twitter handle.

 

But as the date got closer, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice,   questioned  the power of NASS to summon Buhari on security matters.And Buhari has neither appeared before the House of Reps nor a joint session of NASS as expected.

Read the text of Reps’ reaction to report of apology to the presidency below:

 

Clarification on Apology to the Presidency

It has come to the knowledge of the House that few sections of the media reported that the House apologized to the Presidency over the resolution of the House which arose from the motion by members from Borno State, requesting invitation of the President to brief the nation on the state of insecurity in the country.

 

The President or the Presidency as the case may be, never sought for an apology from the House of Representatives for carrying out her constitutional responsibility to the Nigerian electorate.

 

Where then did the media get the report that the House as an apologized to anyone?

Media professionals are advised to uphold the ethics of their profession.

 

avoidance of doubt, the House never apologized to anyone for exercising her constitutional mandate and the 9th Assembly of the House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila will not do anything to desecrate or destroy the critical of democracy – the Legislature.

We strongly believe that President Muhammadu Buhari subscribes to these democratic ethos and ideals as well.

Signed.

Rep. Benjamin Kalu,

Official Spokesperson,
House of Representatives.