The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday said that President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed to appear before the House so as to address Nigerians through the federal lawmakers on the security challenges confronting the nation.
He said Buhari would address the lawmakers on the floor of the House of Representatives “in the nearest future.”
Gbajabiamila disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents after he led leaders of the House of Representatives to a meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said the purpose of the meeting was to convey the decision of the House to the President, adding that Buhari agreed to address the lawmakers on the security challenges.
Recall that the House of Representatives had on Tuesday invited the President to appear on the floor of the parliament and explain the rising spate of insecurity in the country.
The decision was based on a motion of urgent national importance moved by the Borno State caucus on the Saturday killing of 43 rice farmers in the state.
Gbajabiamila said, “What we basically sought was to convey the resolution of the House and to fix a date which we did not fix out of respect for Mr President and his very tight schedule, what date will be convenient.
“We have agreed on a date and he will meet with the House to address the situation. We have fixed a date but we will communicate with you.
“He is a perfect democrat; he will come to the House to address members in the nearest future.”
When asked how the President is feeling about the security challenges, Gbajabiamila said, “I think he is more concerned than me and you. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.”