Reps move to condemn Tambuwal’s harassment today

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BY Emman Ovuakporie
ABUJA—THE House of Representatives would today move a motion to condemn the alleged harassment of Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal by soldiers in Kaduna last Monday.

The House, which reconvened yesterday from two weeks recess, suspended sitting in honour of Senator Kuta who died on June, 2014.

The motion, it was reliably gathered, will be moved by the minority leader of the House; Femi Gbajabiamila, to condemn the shabby treatment meted out on the speaker and warned against a recurrence.

The Lagos born lawmaker is to anchor his motion on matters of urgent national importance and ‘breach of privileges’ of the speaker.

Vanguard also gathered that the motion would have been moved yesterday but for the postponement of plenary, and had to be put off till today.

Also, though attendance was relatively poor yesterday, lawmakers were seen openly condemning the acts of the soldiers in Kaduna.

It will be recalled that the speaker was on Monday allegedly prevented from entering the venue of a security summit in Kaduna by soldiers who claimed they were acting on orders from above.

The incident occurred at the international conference on security and development: challenges of Pastoralism in West and Central Africa, organised by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

Speaker Tambuwal’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, had disclosed that in spite of pleas from the security details attached to the speaker, the soldiers were adamant, forcing the speaker to abandon his car and walked to the venue of the event, attracting condemnation from a cross section of Nigerians.

Some lawmakers who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity, described the incident in Kaduna as a deliberate act to frustrate the ever focused speaker.

One of the lawmakers said: “It is disheartening that our Nigerian soldiers cannot even recognise their number four citizen in a public place.”

“Well we thank God that they did not go beyond their limit because we will prove to them that we are equally an independent arm of government.”

Another Rep described the incident “as an insult to the legislature and all those involved must be brought to book and even those who gave the orders from above.”

Meanwhile, the House yesterday adjourned plenary till Wednesday to mourn the Late Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta, who represented Niger East senatorial district, who died on June 12, 2014.

Until his death, Senator Kuta was the chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Character.

The late senator was a member of the House of Representatives during the aborted Third Republic, in which he served as chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business.

Kuta defeated his brother, Ibrahim Kuta, in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011.

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