…problem President to call, prosecute “identified” sponsors
…to fulfill with Senate management on difficulty
By Levinus Nwabughiogu-Abuja
By figuring out and never naming the member of the National Assembly who’s allegedly sponsoring secessionist teams within the nation, President Buhari has made all of the 469 lawmakers suspects, the House of Representatives mentioned on Tuesday.
Recall that Buhari in his speech to mark the 61st Independence anniversary of Nigeria mentioned that the federal government has recognized sponsors of the secessionist teams and their leaders amongst whom was a member of the National Assembly.
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“The recent arrests of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo, and the ongoing investigations being conducted have revealed certain high-profile financiers behind these individuals. We are vigorously pursuing these financiers including one identified as a serving member of the national assembly”, Buhari had mentioned.
But rising below issues of privilege at Tuesday plenary, the member representing Ethope Federal Constituency of Delta State, Hon. Ben Rollands Igbakpa mentioned that his privilege has been breached by the President deal with.
Igbakpa mentioned that he had been inundated with calls by folks from all walks of life, asking him to elucidate how the nationwide parliament of Nigeria to which he belonged has metamorphosed into a house of terrorism sponsors.
He mentioned that the calls and enquires had made it vital to reveal his thoughts on the difficulty.
“The President’s speech said one of us is sponsoring terrorism. That means we are prime suspects. He didn’t name that person.
“They have been calling me from all over the world. My friends have been saying who among you is sponsoring terrorists? All of us are prime suspects.”
Igbakpa famous that he was a proud member of the parliament and shouldn’t be made jest of on the account of the President’s allegation.”
He urged the House to prevail on the President to call the sponsors and prosecute them accordingly.
According to him, the National Assembly would have in any other case invoked part 88 of the 1999 structure (as amended) to get to the basis of the matter.
For emphasis sake, part 88 reads thus: “88. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, each House of the National Assembly shall have power by resolution published in its journal or in the Official Gazette of the Government of the Federation to direct or cause to be directed investigation into -(a) any matter or thing with respect to which it has power to make laws, and
(b) the conduct of affairs of any person, authority, ministry or government department charged, or intended to be charged, with the duty of or responsibility for (i) executing or administering
laws enacted by National
Assembly, and (ii) disbursing or administering moneys appropriated or to be appropriated by the National
Assembly. (2) The powers conferred on the National Assembly under the provisions of this section are exercisable only for the purpose of enabling it to –
(a) make laws with respect to any matter within its legislative competence and correct any defects in existing laws; and
(b) expose corruption, inefficiency or waste in the execution or administration of laws within its legislative competence and in the disbursement or administration of funds appropriated by it.”
Igbakpa additionally prayed the House management to liaise with its Senate counter-part to fulfill with the President on the difficulty.
Responding, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila mentioned the matter had been famous, including that the management will get again to the lawmaker.
“Thank you Hon. Ben, your privilege is noted and we will get back to you on that”, Gbajabiamila mentioned.
Just then, an unidentified voice from the ground intoned “This is serious?”
Reacting to the voice, Gbajabiamila mentioned the difficulty was to not be debated.
“What is serious? He came under matters of privilege and it is not to be debated”, he mentioned and hit the gavel.