Security Chiefs Decline Parliamentary Invitation, Sectoral Debate Suspended  - The Top Society

Security Chiefs Decline Parliamentary Invitation, Sectoral Debate Suspended 

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Nigeria’s top Security Chiefs, led by Chief of Defence Staff General Christopher Musa, abstained from appearing before the House of Representatives on Thursday, November 16. The House had arranged a sectoral debate focusing on crucial national security issues.

Despite invitations extended to key figures such as Chief of Army Staff Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, and Inspector General of Police Kayide Egbetokun, all were notably absent from the proceedings. Representatives sent in their stead were rejected by the House, emphasizing the necessity for the Chiefs’ personal attendance due to the gravity of the matters under discussion.

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Deputy Speaker Hon. Benjamin Kalu, citing constitutional authority in sections 88 and 89, asserted the House’s right to summon individuals for explanations on national matters. He highlighted the long-standing tradition of expecting Chief Executives to personally honor such invitations, considering the parliament’s status as a primary institution.

Subsequently, Deputy Speaker Kalu proposed a motion to suspend the sectoral debate until the Security Chiefs could appear in person.

The motion received unanimous support from members, resulting in the immediate suspension of the day’s plenary. Speaker Hon. Abbas Tajudeen conveyed the House’s decision not to accept representations, rescheduling the debate with the Security Chiefs for Tuesday, November 21, 2023.

This unexpected development brought a halt to all other legislative activities previously scheduled for the day.

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