The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has on Friday threatened to report the nation’s military service chiefs to the President for failing to honour an invitation to a meeting on security.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker who was disappointed, described the action of the Service Chiefs as an insult to the Parliament, and promised to report the matter to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Gbajabiamila said: “I am almost embarrassed to tell you the truth. There was no call placed to my office to explain why, just sending accountants and representatives,” the speaker, who was angry, said.
“We will postpone this meeting till Monday morning, I will personally see the president myself because we are supposed to work as one.
“I know some of these chiefs were somewhere yesterday night, I’m aware of that. It shows the disdain for this institution.
“I don’t know of any parliament in the world where the head of parliament will call the service chiefs on a nagging problem on how to resolve it and you won’t show up.”
Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase, said he is insulted by the absence of the service chiefs.
“I am insulted and feel insulted that this institution will make a proclamation, ‘come let us discuss our problems’ and the people in charge are not here.
“If the presiding officer will make a call and those responsible do not come, what will now become of the standing committees.
Other security officers including, Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-general of police; Yusuf Bichi, Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), and Muhammed Babandede, Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), were present.
Those who sent representatives included: Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff; Sadique Abubakar, Chief of Air Staff; Ibok-Ete Ibas, Chief of Naval Staff; and Bashir Magashi, Minister of Defence.