Embattled Senator Abaribe resumes Senate after DSS detention

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday resolved to discourage plans by the executive to discontinue constituency project. This followed a matter of urgent public importance moved by Senator Barnabas Gemade representing Benue North-East.


Gemade informed Senate that on his way to resume Tuesdays plenary, he saw hundreds of young protesting against constituency project at the entrance of the National Assembly.

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“I saw young people carrying plagues condemning the National Assembly in its exercise of constituency projects,” he said.

He said, owing to the significance of constituency projects, efforts should be geared toward improving the size of the projects instead of the calls for its cancelation.

“We should advise the executive that constituency projects should not be discontinued. Rather, we should seek to improve on the magnitude of such projects”.

Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Bala Na’Allah, while contributing to the debate said, constituency projects are amid at complementing the president’s projects spread as no single president can boost of complete knowledge of Nigerian geography.

Senator Misua accused two ministers and a governor of sponsoring the protest. He asked the president to recall how the National Assembly stood by him when his adversaries wanted his removed.

Other issues that dominated discuss at Tuesdays plenary was the Saturday, June 23 killing in Plateau state. Formal Governor of Plateau state, Jonah Jang, in his motion called on the Senate to among other things demand the urgent review of the security architecture of the country.

The Senate unanimously extended their usual closing time to allow Senators contribute to the issue. Adamu Aliero, Isah Misau, Philip Gyunka, Ahmed Lawan, Godswill Akpabio were among senator that spoke on the issue.

Senator Aliero who lost his aide in the crisis said “this is the time to take action. The killings are too much. There is no way anybody can come to Nigeria”. He believed the crisis would scare foreign investors and run down Nigerian economy


For Senator Misua, the current happenings are an indication of leadership failure and truth must be told to power.


“What is happening today is a failure of leadership. It is time for the president to act. Let us tell ourselves the Truth. Is this the dividends of democracy we promise Nigerians? Killings are going on, but we don’t care. If the government is not doing the right thing let’s talk. Injustice is worst than corruption. The solutions to the killings are on the desk of Mr. President. The amount of energy and resources security agencies put on the politician is enough to solve these killings.


We will continue to have this problem. I will one day resigned. There must be a premium on human lives. The government must begin to pay for each life lost. A lot of things are going on but it is left for the president. Police are demoralized.


If we are accusing pass government of corruption, we are doing the worse become injustice is worse than corruption. Which kind of country is this? Do we respect the constitution? If this is a democracy, it is a shame. You must not like me but if what I am saying is true, take action.


Senator Philip Gyunka faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Plateau. He accused the president of neglecting the victims of the attacks, as his visit did not extend to the site of the attack.


Senate Majority Leader Ahmed Lawan cautioned both executive and the National Assembly to unite. Both parties must work together to end the killings. He supported the called for the review of security architecture.


Similarly, Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio also supported the move.


Senator Genade said the sharp divide between National Assembly and executive is embarrassing. While the Senate is constantly condemning the killings the executive is trying to defend or give excuses.

Embattled Senator Abaribe resumes Senate after DSS detention

Embattled Senator Abaribe resumes Senate after DSS detention


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