Leave Buhari Alone, Lawmakers Warn Saraki, Melaye
A group of federal lawmakers called the Parliamentary Support Group have urged their colleagues who have issues with the police to sort them out without involving the national assembly.
The lawmakers said this, on Tuesday, in reaction to the threat the national assembly issued to the President Muhammadu Buhari following alleged persecution of its principal officers by the police.
Some legislators, who currently have cases with the police are: Senate President Bukola Saraki and Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi West).
A joint executive session of both chambers of the assembly on Tuesday, had passed a 12-point condition for the President to address urgently or face the invocation of the powers of the legislature.
Reacting in a statement the spokesperson of the group, Abdulmumin Jibrin, said the views expressed at the end of the session were not endorsed by all the lawmakers.
He said: “Almost all the members and senators that spoke at the executive session are of the PDP while members of the APC declined joining the discussion to avoid a rowdy confrontation as the entire session could easily pass for a PDP executive session.”
While commending Buhari’s efforts on the fight against corruption, the lawmakers asked their colleagues “who have corruption or criminal allegation against him or her should clear his or her name without dragging the entire institution of the national assembly into the matter.”
They also said the two legislative chambers should look inward and address the issue of suffocating senators and members with dissenting or contrary opinions through coercion or extra legal means.
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