By Babajide Okeowo
President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to honour the invitation by members of the House of Representatives to address them on the security situation in the country as plenary commenced on Thursday in his absence.
This decision was taken when the House considered a motion moved by members from Borno State on the massacre of 43 rice farmers in the state by Boko Haram insurgents.
In response to this, the President’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie announced on Monday, December 7 that the President will address a joint session of the National Assembly.
At the commencement of plenary on Thursday, there was no sight of President Buhari.
A lawmaker from Rivers State, Solomon Bob then raised a point of order over the President’s refusal to honour the invitation of the house. He asked the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila to update the House on the subject matter.
The Speaker responded by saying the House will wait for official communication from the President.
Recall that Members of the House of Representatives had earlier on December 1st passed a resolution to invite President Buhari to brief the house on the true state of the security situation in the country.
Recall also that a hint that the President would not be honoring the invitation of the House was dropped by the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN on Wednesday when he stated in a statement titled, ‘Buhari’s summons: NASS Operates outside constitutional bounds’ that the National Assembly had no powers to summon the President over the rising insecurity in the country.