By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau
Apparently to show his respect for constitutional democracy and concern for the spate of insecurity in Nigeria, the President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the invitation of members of the Federal House of Representatives to address them.
Although the date of President Buhari’s appearance in the Green Chambers to address the House on the state of the nation has not been made public, he is expected to meet the parliamentarians very soon.
The news of President Buhari’s acceptance to parley with members of the Lower House was broken by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila who spoke to State House Correspondents on Wednesday after emerging from a closed door meeting with President Buhari at Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, “We came to see the President on developments in the country. He was so willing to listen as typical of the President, the usual democrat that he is.
“What we basically sought was to convey the resolution of the House and to fix a date which we did not fix out of respect for Mr. President and his very tight schedule, what date will be convenient”.
Gbajabiamila also said, “We have agreed on a date and he will meet with the House to address the situation. We have fixed a date but we will communicate with you.
“He is a perfect democrat, he will come to the House to address members in the nearest future”.
Asked how Mr. President felt about the security challenges in Nigeria, he said, “I think he is more concerned than me and you. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. We will leave everything until when he comes to the House. Let me not pre-empt him. All I can tell you for now is that he is fully committed to the security of lives and property of Nigerians.
“He is coming to talk to Nigerians through the House. You know that the House, as is constituted, every Nigerian is present in the House. Every constituency in this country is represented in the House.
“So when Mr President is talking to the House, he is talking to Nigerians through their representatives”.