Gbajabiamila vows to report service chiefs to Buhari for shunning invitation

Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila Credit: The Punch

The House of Representatives has expressed its total displeasure at the absence of some heads of security agencies to honour a meeting to deliberate on state of security in the country.

The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila who did not hide his annoyance said he is embarrassed and vowed to report the service chiefs to President Muhammadu Buhari for ignoring the federal lawmakers invitation.

He was particular and furious about service chiefs who sent in accountants as representatives on security matters.

The Speaker “I am almost embarrassed to tell you the truth. There was no call placed to my office to explain why, just sending accountants and representatives.

“We will postpone this meeting till Monday morning, I will personally see the president myself because we are supposed to work as one.

“I know some of these chiefs were somewhere yesterday night, I’m aware of that. It shows the disdain for this institution.

“I don’t know of any parliament in the world where the head of parliament will call the service chiefs on a nagging problem on how to resolve it and you won’t show up.”

In similar vein, deputy speaker, Idris Wase, said he felt insulted by the action of the service chiefs, stating that he saw one of the service chiefs on his way to the National Assembly going to Zuba in Niger state.

“I am insulted and feel insulted that this institution will make a proclamation, ‘come let us discuss our problems’ and the people in charge are not here.

“If the presiding officer will make a call and those responsible do not come, what will now become of the standing committees.

“As I was coming in, I saw one of the service chiefs going to Zuba, we crossed our way. There has to be a reprimand and we need to let the president know of that.”

Those present include: Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu, Yusuf Bichi, Director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi and comptroller-general of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede .

Service chiefs who sent representatives were Chief of army staff,  Tukur Buratai, Chief of air staff; Sadique Abubakar, Chief of naval staff; Ibok-Ete Ibas, and Minister of defence, Bashir Magashi.

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