The Green Chamber of the National Assembly has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to reveal the lawmaker allegedly sponsoring secessionists in the country.
Naija News reports that President Buhari, in his speech to mark the 61st Independence Day, said his administration has identified a member of the National Assembly as the sponsor of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday “Igboho” Adeyemo.
He had said: “The recent arrests of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo, and the ongoing investigations being conducted, have revealed certain high-profile financiers behind these individuals.
“We are vigorously pursuing these financiers including one identified as a serving member of the National Assembly.”
Rising under matters of privilege at Tuesday’s plenary, the member representing Ethiope Federal Constituency of Delta State, Ben Rollands Igbakpa, said that his privilege has been breached by the President’s address.
Igbakpa noted that he was a proud member of the parliament and shouldn’t be made jest of on the account of the President’s allegation.
He urged the House to prevail on the President to name the sponsors and prosecute them accordingly.
According to him, the National Assembly would have otherwise invoked Section 88 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to get to the root of the matter.
The lawmaker said President Buhari had made all the 469 lawmakers suspects by identifying and the refusal to name the lawmaker allegedly sponsoring secessionists in the country.
Igbakpa also prayed the House leadership to liaise with its Senate counterpart to meet with the President on the issue.
Responding, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila said the matter had been noted, adding that the leadership will get back to the lawmaker.