The House of Representatives former Chairman, Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumini Jibrin, has aimed a dig at Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for dragging the National Assembly into his personal issue with the Nigeria Police.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday evening, Jibrin stated that “every Senator or Member of House who has corruption or criminal allegation against him or her should clear his or her name with the relevant security and anti graft agencies without dragging the entire institution of the National Assembly into the matter.”
The lawmaker was reacting after a 3-hour long joint closed-door session of the Senate and the House of Representatives earlier in the day, where there were threats to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.
Jibrin wrote: “The Parliamentary Support Group of the Senate and House of Representatives made up of Senators and Members who support and believe in the ideals of @MBuhari is aware of the joint Executive session of the National Assembly held today and wish to state as follows:
“That almost all the members and senators that spoke at the Executive session are of the PDP while members of the APC supported by some leaders declined joining the discussion to avoid a rowdy confrontation as the entire session could easily pass for a PDP Executive session.
“That it is commendable that the Speaker tactically refused to make any comment at the session even after the Senate President took time to explain the issues which are mostly personal.
“That it is disturbing and raised many questions of pre determined intentions that a known ally of the Senate President from Kwara State Hon Rasak Atunwa drafted what was adopted as the resolution and without voting against standard parliamentary practice.
“That most of the issues raised concerning the fight against corruption, insecurity and the rule of law has been severally discussed in the Senate (including a special session with security chiefs few days ago) and the House and various resolutions passed.
“That we commend the efforts of Mr President in the fight against corruption, tackling of the insecurity challenges and respect for rule of law and democratic institutions. Mr President is known for his non interference policy and strict adherence to rule of law.
“That every Senator or Member of House who has corruption or criminal allegation against him or her should clear his or her name with the relevant security and anti graft agencies without dragging the entire institution of the National Assembly into the matter.
“That the National Assembly should as well look in ward and address the issue of suffocating Senators and members with dissenting or contrary opinion through coercion or extra legal means, adherence to rule of law and support and expose internal corruption were there are such.
“That the PDP should recall how it members in the 7th Assembly sat comfortably in the chamber and watched a sitting Speaker, Tambuwal locked out of the National Assembly and all his security personnels withdrawn while APC members had to scale the fence to gain entrance into NASS.
“That we must exercise caution at this delicate period not to over heat the polity with statements that are capable of dividing the country, embarrassing us before the watching world and creating friction between the legislature, Executive and specifically Mr President.
“We wish to reaffirm our support for Mr President (no amount of threat or intimidation can deter us) and urge him not to be distracted by mischief makers as he works assiduously towards dealing with the challenges of our country.”