The House of Representatives has denied reports insinuating that it appologised to President Muhammadu Buhari over his invitation to brief it on ongoing insecurity crisis in the country.
The invitation was not honoured by the President after the Minister of Justice declared it unconstitutional. The invitation followed the killing of over 45 rice farmers in Borno State in November. Insurgent group, Boko Haram later claimed responsibility for the mass murder.
The Spokesman of the House, Rep. Benjamin Kalu (APC-Abia) in a statement insisted that the invitation was Constitutional, stressing that the House has nothing to apologies for.
Kalu said the House was unperturbed about the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before it over security matters.
“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.
“Where then did the media get the report that the House, as an institution, apologised to anyone?
“For the avoidance of doubt, the House never apologised to anyone for exercising its Constitutional mandate and the 9th Assembly of the House of Representatives 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,” he said.
He explained that the motion to invite the president over security matters was sponsored by representatives from Borno on behalf of the people.