The plenary session of the Nigerian Senate on Thursday, April 12, became rowdy over alleged incompetence of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the spate of killings by armed herdsmen by a senator.
Sen. Abaribe had moved a motion reacting to a comment made by President Buhari in United Kingdom, on Wednesday, where the president reportedly, while receiving Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, blamed the farmers, herders clashes on militias trained by former Prime Minister of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi.
If so, it validates my last point that when a commander-in-chief says he can not take care of invaders, why is he still a Commander-in-Chief?
Abaraibe who came under Order 43, narrated how President Buhari who is in far away London, told all who cared to listen that the killings in Nigeria are perpetrated by killers trained by Mamman Ghadafi, reminded that Buhari "s position has confirmed his （Abaraibe" s） last position to the effect that this President is "incompetent". "Because it is obvious", he said.
Upon return of calm in the house, Ahmed Lawan, majority leader, cited order 53 of the senate rules, calling for respect in addressing the president. If we do not conduct ourselves with respect, nobody will. "We can make our points without using words that are offensive". What I did was to interpret the words by Mr. President in London.
However, when Abaribe resumed by saying, "If any word I used is misunderstood by anyone, I apologise. All I am saying is simple: the heads of security in Nigeria made several different explanations on the killings of our citizens".
Senate President Bukola Saraki then waded into the disagreement and asked Senator Abaribe to be more cautious in his choice of words in the Senate.
Responding, Abaribe said he was within what is permissible under the law.
The Council urged President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly approve the establishment and training of agro-rangers who would serve as a special unit to assist security agencies check the clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
"Second, is where we take actions that are not honest".
Both the APC and PDP members in the chamber started supporting their men with the cry of, 'Yes and No'. "This is not something that we should tolerate, and I believe that in an institution like this we must show discipline, but at the same time we must also show compassion".