The House of Representatives following the motion moved by a member representing Jere Federal Constituency, Hon. Satomi Ahmad and nine other lawmakers from Borno State yesterday unanimously have Summoned President Muhammadu Buhari over the killing of 43 farmers in Borno State last Saturday.
However, after a heated session, the House resolved to invite the president to appear before it to explain measures being taken by government to tackle the spate of insecurity in the country, especially in the North East.
The House also called on President Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security and also reorganize the security architecture of the country.
The Green chamber equally mandated its Committees on Defence and Army to investigate the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) over its preparedness to produce arms for the armed forces.
Ahmed Satomi, had in his motion condemn the insane killing of unarmed farmers in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, he also drew the attention of the House to the killing of 43 farmers in Zabarmari village in Borno State by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.
Hon. Jaha who was one of the sponsors of the motion moved a motion that the president be invited to appear before lawmakers in respect of the spate of insecurity. “Satomi omitted the prayer that the House invites the president to brief it on the security situation in the country, particularly in the North East” he added.
“Yesterday, the president said he has given the military all the needed support to do the job. And unfortunately, they failed to do it.
Continuing, Hon. Jaha who had earlier thrown to the floor of the chambers the crucial need for Government to take the battle to the doorsteps of the insurgents while ensuring that the safety and security of the citizens is guaranteed also stated “The president confirmed that this time they should be taking the battle to their door steps” he added.
“My amendment is that Mr. President should be invited to explain the security situation in the country, especially in the North East,” Jaha stated.
The Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila however appealed to him to withdraw the motion, noting that inviting the president would be counterproductive.
“The prayer is all encompassing. By asking the president to declare a state of emergency, which is part of the prayers, it allows for extra ordinary measures. That singular one prayer is more important than the president coming to tell us anything. So, it is an appeal so that we don’t react based on the passion we feel. Hon, Jaha, I am appealing to you because of what is involved,” Gbajabiamila begged.
Nevertheless, Jaha insisted on his motion, saying it was the collective decision of all the lawmakers from Borno State.
Efforts by the House leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa and Chairman, House Committee on Air Force, Shehu Koko, to speak against the summon of President Buhari was refuted by angry lawmakers.
As the House became rowdy, Gbajabiamila quickly called for an executive session.
When the House reconvened plenary one hour later, Hon. Jaha, member representing Damboa/Chibok/Gwoza Federal Constituency was invited to amend his motion to read “Invite Mr President to come to the House and explain the security situation in the country.”
The motion for the amendment of the original prayers was seconded by Rep. Munnir Babba Dan-Agundi from Kano state.
The motion was endorsed and passed in a unanimous vote by the House.