Nigerians await NASS response to presidential snub
By John Eche
A sense of consternation has greeted Thursday’s snub of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari even as Nigerians await what the lawmakers would do about it.
The lawmakers had requested the President to come and address them on the security situation in the country after the gruesome murder of 43 farmers by Boko Haram insurgents.
Though the President had initially agreed to honour the request, subsequent pronouncements by a league of State Governors and the Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami, signalled that there had been an about-turn which was to be literally confirmed by the president’s absence in parliament on Thursday.
Security failings in Nigeria have been pervasive with many previous calls on the president by the National Assembly and other Nigerians being rebuffed by the Presidency.
Other than the murderous onslaught of Boko Haram and its sister Islamist groupings, bandits, kidnappers and robbers continue to make life quite intolerable for millions of Nigerians. Added to this is the conduct of rogue police and other security personnel who indiscriminately extort citizens all over the country, and part of which had led to the youth-led #EndSARS protests.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria