The Federal House of Representatives, on Monday 28, 2020, stated that it never apologized to the Presidency for their invitation to President Buhari following the killing of rice farmers in Zabamari, Borno State.
This was contained in a statement titled ‘Clarification on Apology to the Presidency’, which was shared on the verified Twitter handle of the House @HouseNGR.
Signed by the official spokesperson for 9th House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu (Bende, Abia State), the Statement noted that, contrary to media reports, the 9th House never “apologized to anyone for exercising out her constitutional mandate.”
The statement added that the leadership of the House would not “do anything to desecrate or destroy” the legislature as an important arm of democracy.
Hon. Kalu noted that the President or Presidency never sought or receive an apology from House as a result of the invitation, which it claims is part of its “constitutional responsibility to the Nigerian electorate.”
It would be recalled that the House had earlier invited President Buhari, on December 1, 2020, to address the nation on the state of security challenges in the country.
But the president turned down the invitation after the ruling APC prevailed on him not to set a dangerous precedent for State Assemblies.
The Honourable for Justice, Abubakar Malami, also said that the House does not have a constitutional right to summon the President.