The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila on Friday turned back representatives of the nation’s military service chiefs at a meeting he convened to discuss the security situation in the country over the absence of Security Chiefs.
He noted with dismay that the act of shunning the invitation of the parliament by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and the Chief of the Air Staff (CAF), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar was uncalled for.
Speaker Gbajabiamila said: “Let me first of all commend Mr President for the commitment he has shown in trying to stem the spate of insecurity in the country. “Mr President has delegated those powers to the Service Chiefs, so we decided to call this meeting, as representatives of the people.
The Speaker also said “there was no call placed to my office to explain why. I’m just seeing accountants and representatives. So I’m not sure how to handle this, because I don’t think this is happening anywhere in any Parliament that I know of in the world, where the head of parliament will call the Service Chiefs for a nagging problem, how to resolve it and you have what we have here as representations.”
However, the Speaker commended the Inspector General of Police for his presence as well as the DG DSS and the CG Nigerian immigration, but he moved the meeting to Monday morning, with regrets.
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