👤By Adenike Lucas
The representative for Kogi-West Senatorial District on Thursday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to tender an apology for his “unparliamentary, unpresidential and unconstitutional statement on the National Assembly.”
Senator Dino Melaye, a vocal critic of the executive arm of government, was referring to a comment where President Buhari had said that the National Assembly had lawmakers who did nothing.
“Let anybody come and confront me publicly in the National Assembly, Nigeria’s 75-year-old Commander-in-chief said at the Presidential Villa on May 22.
He adds: “What have they been doing? Some of them have been there for 10 years. What have they been doing?”
President Buhari on the same day claimed that a former head of state, who served from 1999 and 2007, wasted 16 billion American dollars on power. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has since responded to the claim, stating that they were made based on “ignorance.”
Senator Melaye, who has been absent from Senate since April 24 when he was hospitalised after being manhandled by police replied saying: “As a senator who came to the National Assembly in 2007, about eleven years ago, I am particularly unhappy that my privilege is abused by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari last week.
“The president in his address said he doesn’t know what we are doing in the National Assembly. He said that some of us have been in the National Assembly for over 10 years and we have nothing to show for it.
“This statement is not only unpresidential, but it’s an assault on my person and the institution of the National Assembly where I am proudly a member. Such derogatory statement and insult on the National Assembly should not be allowed to go unnoticed.
“I want to call on Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari, for using this unparliamentary, unpresidential and unconstitutional statement on the National Assembly, apologise.
“I call on him to apologise for using this language and that is where most of the appointees draw their inspiration from. That is why they disregard this National Assembly.”
The 44-year-old said the President’s comment to the Buhari Support Organisation, BSO which was led by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd), was broadcasted on “Channels Television and AIT.”
He later tendered a copy of the disk to the house.
Senator Melaye, who opted to seat with the opposition members of the Peoples Democratic Party on his resumption to Senate yesterday, notes that Col. Ali is a rank and customs and should not be leading a Buhari Support Organisation, as it “is an aberration and his oath of office.”