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House of Reps breaks silence on purported apology to the President over summon

Nigeria’s House of Representatives on Monday vehemently denied reports that it apologized to President Muhammadu Buhari for inviting him to address the lower chamber on rising insecurity in the country.  

The House of Representatives had invited Buhari to address the House after Boko Haram killed 43 rice farmers in Borno State.  

Buhari, who promised to appear before the House failed to show up afterwards.

“The president or the Presidency as the case may be never sought an apology from the House of Representatives for carrying out her constitutional responsibility to the Nigeria electorate,” House of Representatives spokesman Benjamin Kalu said in a statement.  

“For the avoidance of doubt, the House never apologized to anyone for exercising her constitutional mandate.”  

The denial by the House of Representatives was in response to media reports during the weekend that the legislative arm of government apologized to Buhari for summoning him over insecurity in the northern region.  

One of the reports claimed that the House has dropped both “immediate and future” plans of inviting Buhari to address the lawmakers on rising insecurity in the country.  

The House of Representatives on Tuesday, December 1 passed a resolution and summoned Buhari to address the country over the killing of more than 40 farmers in Borno state.  

The motion was moved by Satomi Ahmad, lawmaker representing Jere federal constituency, and nine others from Borno State. The lawmakers insisted that Buhari had to address the lower legislative chamber of the National Assembly.  

Twenty-hours later, House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said the president had agreed to address the lawmakers. Buhari later shunned the invitation.  

Nigeria’s attorney-general Abubakar Malami argued that the House lacked the constitutional powers to summon the president.  

While the House is yet to speak on Buhari’s refusal to honour the lawmakers’ invitation, House of Representatives spokesman Kalu said it will “not do anything to desecrate or destroy the critical institution of democracy.”  

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

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

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