Insecurity: We didn’t apologise for inviting Buhari – Reps

The House of Representatives has denied reports making the rounds that members of the ninth assembly apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari for inviting him to address them on insecurity matters in the country.

Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Relations Benjamin Kalu who is also the spokesman for the lawmakers stated this in a release on Monday.

The statement described as “fake news” reports by some media outfits that the lawmakers apologised to Buhari after they agreed to the motion sponsored by members from Borno State to invite the president to brief the nation on the state of insecurity in the country.

Legislators from Borno State had raised a motion, urging the government to declare a state of emergency and for the president to address the House following the killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno by Boko Haram insurgents.

The lawmakers had on December 1 resolved to invite Buhari to address them, but the president did not show up.

Debunking the reports that lawmakers apologised to the president, Kalu said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the House never apologised to anyone for exercising its Constitutional mandate and the 9th Assembly of the House of Representatives will not do anything to desecrate or destroy the critical institution of democracy – the Legislature.

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

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