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Insecurity: Reps summon Jonathan as Senate defends his foreign trip

…reject motion to dialogue with Boko Haram
By Okey Ndiribe, Henry Umoru and Emman Ovuakporie
ABUJA-The House of Representatives Tuesday passed a resolution to invite President Goodluck Jonathan and his security chiefs to throw more light on  the security situation in the country. While the Senate have defended  the president’s foreign trip in the mist of crises that have engulf some part of the country

The Senate declared that President Goodluck Jonathan owes the country a duty to honour foreign engagements if such assignments occur.

Obviously alarmed by the spate of recent bombings in Kaduna where three churches were burnt and the reprisal attacks that followed, the House decided that the President should come alongside his security chiefs to brief lawmakers on measures taken so far to tackle insecurity in the country.

recovered from suspect by the Kaduna Police Command on Tuesday. Photo by Olu Ajayi.”]The security chiefs include the service chiefs, the Acting Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar and the Director General of State Security Service (SSS) Ita Ekpenyong.

The resolution  was sequel to a motion brought to the floor of the House under matters of urgent national importance by Hon Yakubu Barde representing Kaduna state.

An amendment to his motion to propose that the Federal Government should negotiate with the terrorist group Boko Haram was unanimously rejected by members.

Another motion  by Ben Nwankwo representing Orumba North and South, Anambra State,  to invite the President to address a joint session of both chambers of the National Assembly was rejected by members.

Senate defends President’s  outside engagements

Also the  Senate said that President Goodluck Jonathan owes the country a duty to honour foreign engagements if such assignments occur.

Answering questions on the absence of President Jonathan at this trying period, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Media and Publicity, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe said, ‘’the senate is not in the habit of running the country, it is a different arm of the government and I believe that if we have international obligations, we must keep to them, the senate knows that the executive arm has its own responsibility and the senate has its own responsibility.

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