Nigeria - President Buhari to Face Parliament

The Nigerian leader is expected to throw more light on the killing of 110 farmers in Borno State and security situation in the country.

The Nigerian House of Representatives has summoned President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent killing of 110 farmers in Zabarmari community in Borno State. The lawmakers took the decision on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 while adopting a motion of "Urgent National Importance" by Satomi Ahmed.

Members of the House were divided on Tuesday when their colleagues moved the motion to invite President Buhari to explain the killing and security situation in the country. The House became rowdy, forcing the lawmakers to go into an executive session. Upon resumption from the session, Mr Ahmed was asked to move the motion again which was unanimously passed.

While moving the motion, Mr Ahmed explained how suspected Boko Haram terrorists tied up the farmers and slit their throats. He said they were farmers from Zabarmari and others who travelled from other states to work on the farms. He added that though for now the exact number of people killed in the incident is not yet known as over 110 dead bodies were recovered and buried, with six others having serious injuries, many more residents remained missing despite several days of search.

While urging the House to condemn the killing of unarmed farmers and observe a minute silence in honour of the victims, he also prayed the House to urge the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on security in the North East and other parts of the country.

Adding his voice to the motion, another lawmaker from Borno State, Ahmadu Jaha, who is also a co-sponsor of the motion, raised a point of order saying that the President must be summoned to brief the house. Responding, the House Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila who sympathized with the people of Borno State, said inviting the president to the floor may not be the best way to go. He said there were other ways to engage.

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