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The Lower Chamber of Nigeria’s National Assembly has resolved to summon President Muhammadu Buhari over the incessant killings in Benue and other parts of the country.
House of Representatives made the decision Wednesday during plenary after a lawmaker representing Kano, Baballe Bashir (APC) moved for the amendment of a motion moved by Mark Gbilah (APC, Benue).
The House thereafter unanimously passed a vote of no confidence on the service chiefs and called for their immediate sack.
Another APC lawmaker from Benue State, Dickson Takhigir, accused security agencies of conniving with the killers to perpetrate the act.
“Benue is under siege and if we don’t take the necessary actions, it will amount to abdicating the responsibility of government to protect lives and property of its citizens,” he said.
“It appears there is no moral will to tackle the matter because continuous complaints about the killings seem to fall on deaf ears.”
He said the provision of the law allows self-defence and called on Nigerians ”to do the needful”.
Former Nigeria’s military chief, Theophilus Danjuma, had called for similar solution to the killing, saying “Benue people may have to protect themselves” if killing go on unabated.
The lawmakers were reacting less than 24 hours unknown killers killed two Catholic priests and more than 15 other worshipers inside a church during an early morning mass.
Spokesperson to Governor, Samuel Ortom, Terver Akase, said the attackers also burnt 50 houses and sacked the entire community.
The Catholic Diocese of Makurdi later confirmed two of its reverend fathers, Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha, were murdered coldblooded.
While the debate to summon Mr. President was going on in the floor of the House, more than 10 people were reportedly killed in the same state.
Some international communities have called it ethnic cleansing, while some people called the killer herdsmen, Mr. President said they were armed group from Libya.
The House called on the Federal Government to declare killer herdsmen terrorists.
They also want cattle rearers registered.
Presidency will respond when the summon is communicated officially-Femi Adesina
Meanwhile, Buhari’s spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, has said that the summon of the lawmakers would be responded to when it’s officially communicated to the president.
Adesina was speaking on Channels TV, “I can not promise if the president will honour the invitation or not until the summon is communicated to him.”
The lawmakers had recently invited the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo who doubles as the board chairman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to explain his role in the suspension of six officials as well as other scandals rocking the agency.
The Vice President didn’t appear, but honoured it by sending a representative.
Mr. President is likely to adopt the same approach, but the House is expected to be rowdy if President Buhari sends any of his service chiefs, who have been condemned by them for under performance.
The House finally resolved to suspend its plenary for three days (one week) in remembrance of the victims of attacks across the country.