Today, the President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, reiterated that the failure of the Inspector General IG) of Police to show up For a Security Briefing, is a threat to democracy.
The Senate Deputy Leader, Bala Ibn Na’allah, also commenting on the IG’s failure to appear, said: “The Chairman of the Police Committee has said that he is not able to reach him. What we have now is that there is no reason for his non-appearance. In this kind of situation, I must say that there is a very serious need to invite the IG based on everything that has occurred.
“Additionally, last time we invited him, he approached a court. If after sending the DIG to approach the IG about our invitation, I am in a state of shock that he has failed to appear. This does not take away the resolution of the Senate to continue to support the President on Security issues.
‘We need a delegation of this House, to register the displeasure of the Senate on the non-appearance of the IG of Police. If we begin to have this kind of conduct, it is insulting our collective resolve of this Senate to assist Mr President,” the Deputy Leader said.
Commenting, the President of the Senate, added: “I don’t want us to labour too much on this issue. Being the Upper Chamber, at times, we must show maturity and statesmanship. Anybody who knows, knows that this action cannot be right. We are not a Senate in Committee. We are a Senate in plenary.
“The IG has said that he cannot come. He wants to delegate it to a junior to come. Since we returned to democracy, there has been no IG that has refused to come. He is doing this and this is a threat to our democracy. It is not only to us, it is also to the President. The President told him to go to Benue, and he refused to go.”