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Melaye to Buhari: Apologise to National Assembly


The Senator representing Kogi West District, Dino Melaye, on Thursday, asked Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, to apologise to the National Assembly over uncomplimentary remarks credited to him (Buhari).

Buhari had last week when the leadership of one of his campaign organisations led by the comptroller-General of customs, Hameed Ali, was in Aso Villa for a solidarity visit queried the importance of the National Assembly, saying many lawmakers had even spent more than 10 years without achieving anything.

Speaking during plenary, Melaye said it was uncomplimentary and derogatory to the reputation of the National Assembly and functions of the parliament particularly under a democratic dispensation.

“Mr. President, you will recall that last week, during the solidarity visit of one of the campaign organisations of Mr. President led by the comptroller -General of Customs, the President in his address said he does not know what we are doing in NASS even as some of us have spent over 10 years in the parliament.

“Such derogatory, demeaning statements and insult should not be allowed to go unnoticed,” he said.

Melaye noted that the statement from Buhari indicated why the comptroller General of customs, Hameed Ali, EFCC Acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris have alternately been dishonouring Senate invitations with impunity.

“This action was an aberration and unconstitutional for the customs comptroller- General to be appointed the Director-General of a campaign organisation.”