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“Why do we still continue to indulge this president that everywhere he goes along to tell everybody outside this country that he is totally incompetent? Because it’s is obvious…”
That was part of the speech made by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe at the floor of the senate today, April 12, 2018.
The statement threw the upper legislative chamber into chaos as the lawmakers were debating on the issue of insecurity in Nigeria.
The PDP senator is one of the major critics of President Muhammadu Buhari, and today’s comment which has been tagged ‘derogatory’ wasn’t his first.
In March, Abaribe criticised the president for constantly denying responsibility when things go wrong.
“A few days ago, in this chamber we talked about the security of Nigeria,” he said. “I recall that on the matter of herdsmen versus farmers, two explanations were given by highly ranked security personnel in the country.
“First of all, the Inspector General of Police said that these killings were as a result of laws being passed by states. Secondly, the Defence Minister said these killings were as a result of the blockage of grazing routes. And we continued to look at all these explanations.
“Yesterday, in London, the Commander-in-Chief and President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari said that these killings were as a result of the people who were trained by the late Muammar Gaddafi, implying that these people who are doing these killings in Nigeria are invaders from outside of Nigeria. And if he even said they are invaders, what it means is that it validates my last point that when a commander-in-chief says he cannot take care of invaders, why is he still a commander-in-chief?
“…everywhere he goes along to tell everybody outside this country that he is totally incompetent? Because it’s is obvious…”
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, cut him short as virtually all major APC senators in the house reacted , calling on him to withdraw his statement.
“You can’t finish, you can’t finish,” they shouted suggesting to the Senate Presdent not to allow Mr Abaribe complete his speech.
After the rowdy session, Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, cautioned Mr Abaribe and asked him to withdraw his statement.
“The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the leader of this country and deserves the respect and courtesy of this chamber and those of us in it. I was once a member of the opposition and I do not recall ever calling (out) the then president or insult(ing) him. This is our institution.
“If we do not conduct ourselves with respect, nobody will. I want to ask my colleague to immediately withdraw his statement and apologise to this chamber,” he said.
But Mr Abaribe insisted he’d not swallow his words, until he was directed by Senator Saraki.
“I am very well guided by you but and I say Mr President that there are words that there are no alternatives to. What I did was to interpret the words by Mr President in London and I juxtaposed it with the explanations here. What it tells me is that there is a conflict.
“If any word I used is misunderstood by anyone, I apologise. All I am saying is simple. The heads of security in Nigeria made several explanations for the killings of our citizens and there is a dis…”
The Abaribe’s comment is expected to top political discussions in the days ahead.
Nigeria has been battling with the issue of insecurity before Buhari assumed office in 2015, but the president is coming under criticisms because he promised to end the issue of security within shortest possible time.
Unfortunately, the problem still persist in some parts of the country, particularly in the middle belt, and parts of northeast.
The government has recorded a significant progress in fight against insurgency, but killing and attacks are still being recorded in that part of the country.