The House of Representatives on Monday denied apologising to President Muhammadu Buhari for summoning him over the state of insecurity in the country.
This was said in a statement on Monday by the House Spokesman, Benjamin Kalu.
“The president or the Presidency as the case may be never sought an apology from the House of Representatives for carrying out her constitutional responsibility to the Nigeria electorate.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the House never apologised to anyone for excercising her constitutional mandate.”
The denial by the House of Representatives was in response to media reports during the weekend that the legislative arm of government apologised to Buhari for summoning him over insecurity in the northern region.
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One of the reports claimed that the House had dropped both “immediate and future” plans of inviting Buhari to address the lawmakers on rising insecurity in the country.
The House of Representatives had on December 1, passed a resolution and summoned Buhari to address the country over the killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno state.
The motion was moved by Satomi Ahmad, lawmaker representing Jere Federal Constituency, and nine others from Borno State.
The lawmakers insisted that Buhari had to address the lower legislative chamber of the National Assembly.
Twenty-hours later, House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said the president had agreed to address the lawmakers.
However, Buhari later shunned the invitation while the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami argued that the House lacked the constitutional power to summon the president.
Kalu continued, “It will not do anything to desecrate or destroy the critical institution of democracy.
“We strongly believe that President Muhammadu Buhari subscribes to these democratic ethos and ideals as well.
“Media professionals are advised to uphold the ethics of their profession.”