Melaye flays Buhari for attack on law makers
Lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, resumed at the Senate plenary on Thursday and maintained his seat at the Peoples Democratic Party row in the chamber, despite being an All Progressives Congress member.
Melaye also raised a point of order to describe President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent comments against the National Assembly and its members, saying it is “not presidential.”
He noted that the President’s body language towards the National Assembly was the reason why the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and heads of ministries, departments and agencies often refuse to answer invitations by the lawmakers.
The President had, on Tuesday, attacked the National Assembly members at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while receiving members of the Buhari Support Organisation led by the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.).
He said, “Let anybody come and confront me publicly in the National Assembly. What have they been doing? Some of them have been there for 10 years. What have they been doing?”
Melaye, however, described Buhari’s comments as “un-presidential and derogatory.” He also faulted Ali for leading an electoral campaign for the President’s re-election, even as a public officer.
The lawmaker stressed that comptroller-general is a rank, and that any occupant of the office should be in uniform.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, ruled that the lawmakers would not allow political activities by public officials. Source: Punch