Senate’s decision to adjourn plenary over alleged killing of 44 soldiers hypocritical – Middle Belt group

Published on : Nov 23, 2018 09:43:04 | Posted by : Anayo Moses


The Middle Belt Conscience Guards (MBCGs) has condemned in totality the decision of the Senate, presided over by Sen. Bukola Saraki, to adjourn plenary to Tuesday, November 27, 2018 over the alleged killing 44 soldiers in a recent attack by Boko Haram terrorists.

According to Daily Post, the motion to suspend plenary was moved by Senate President, Bukola Saraki and seconded by the Minority Leader.

The group described the action as hypocritical and height of eyeservice, adding that it only reacted to rumours without verifying the fact.

It also decried the action after series of plea by the Federal Government for arms failed to get their nods.

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MBCGs under the leadership of Itodo and Prince Adamu Enero recalled that the Senate had persistently refused to extend legislative support and encouragement to Mr. President in the war against Boko Haram terrorists and other insecurity challenges in the nation.

The leaders, while addressing a press conference on Friday, recalled that the same Senate went into a long recess in 2018, when it was yet to scrutinize and pass the Supplementary Budget request for funds for the 2019 general elections and purchase of Tucano fighter jets from the United States of America, transmitted to it by Mr. President.

According to them, “In spite of the sensitive nature of the two matters, the Senate indulged in political games by shutting down the chambers for a meaningless long break. This is legislative brigandage.

To now understand that the same Senate which never deemed it imperative to deliberate and approve President Buhari’s anticipatory approval of $ 496 million drawn from the Excess Crude Account for the purchase of Tucano fighter jets to battle Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, suddenly appears very concerned that soldiers were killed by terrorists to the extent of adjourning plenary?

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We consider this action absurd; a loud display of legislative hypocrisy and blackmail of the executive arm of government. A Parliament which had inexplicable difficulties endorsing presidential anticipatory approval for the procurement of arms and ammunition to fight insurgency has suddenly become very empathic that our soldiers died in the process of battling terrorists. Is the Senate mocking itself?

In the past three years, the Sen. Saraki led Senate has never found it necessary to increase defence budgets in the Appropriation Act laid before the National Assembly. While they casually up figures for National Assembly expenditure; the parliamentarians rather slash down defence budgets