Benue church massacre: Reps. summon Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari with Justice Walter Onnoghen

Nigeria's House of Representative members have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to make himself available to answer questions from lawmakers over the incessant and recent bloodshed in Benue state allegedly perpetrated by herders.

These resolutions followed the unanimous adoption of a motion under matters of urgent public importance moved by Rep Mark Gbillah from Benue State.

It further resolved to suspend sitting for three legislative days to express displeasure over the recurring killings in the country.

The gunmen, believed to be suspected herdsmen, had invaded the church and killed more than 15 worshippers including two Catholic priests, whose names were given as Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha.

"We should summon Mr. President, he is the chief security officer of this country".

Ahead of the 2019 general polls, President Muhammadu Buhari support group has been inaugurated in Benin City, Edo State capital.

The House also passed a vote of no confidence on the service chiefs in the country.

Bashir Baballe from Kano state moved an amendment that Buhari should be summoned over the killings, a prayer that was unanimously adopted by the house. It is enough. I'm from the APC but this has gone beyond sentiments.

Edward Pwajok, a Plateau state lawmaker, said Nigeria is gradually becoming a "failed state".

"Enough is enough, this beyond sentiment, the Service chief must go, if there is no Nigeria, we can not be here", he said.

The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, presided over Wednesday's session. Is it that we are just coming to lament for the sake of it or what?

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