The House of Representatives has denied reports in some sections of the media that it apologized to President Muhammadu Buhari over the House’s earlier invitation to the president to brief it over the increasing insecurity in the country.
The House Spokesman, Hon. Benjamin Kalu in a press statement issued in Abuja on Monday insisted that the House could not have apologized for carrying out its constitutional duty as the representatives of the Nigerian people.
Kalu also stated that there was never any need for an apology from the House as neither the Presidency nor President ever requested for it.
The statement read:
“It has come to the knowledge of the House that few sections of the media reported that the House apologized to the Presidency over the resolution of the House which arose from the motion sponsored by members from Borno State, requesting for the invitation of the President to brief the nation on the state of insecurity in the country.
“The President or the Presidency as the case may be, never sought for an apology from the House of Representatives for carrying out her constitutional responsibility to the Nigerian electorate.
The Spokesman, however, assured the general public that the House was aware of its critical stake in Nigeria’s democracy and would never take any action that could jeopardize its standing.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the House never apologized to anyone for exercising her constitutional mandate and the 9th Assembly of the House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila will not do anything to desecrate or destroy the critical institution of democracy – the Legislature. We strongly believe that President Muhammadu Buhari subscribes to these democratic ethos and ideals as well,” the statement concluded.