House Seating on 01/12/2020:
After leading the opening prayer and the recitation of the National pledge,Femi Gbajabiamila. Went on to approve the votes and proceedings for the day, reads his statement on the killing of farmers and villagers in Zabarmari, Borno state by suspected members of Boko Haram.
“In the towns and villages of the North East, our fellow citizens have been and continue to be the first victims of a brutal insurgency that seeks to destroy our country and remake our world in the image of a discredited idealogy. On Saturday, the 28th of November 2020 forty-three of our fellow citizens in the town of Zabarmari were cruelly murdered and decapitated by insurgents of the Boko Haram terrorist organisation. Forty-three people who set out to their farms to harvest their meagre yields became in one afternoon, the newest victims of the evil that has brought untold grief to too many, for far too long.For more than a decade, we have confronted the evil that is Boko Haram. We have not won and do not appear close to winning the war against terrorism in Nigeria. Yes, we have recovered territory and land in places where not so long ago . We must rethink this war on terror. We must ask ourselves what it is we are doing wrong? What have we failed to do? How is it that despite the billions in resources expended and the countless lives lost. Now is the time to ask difficult questions. We ask these questions in the sincere hope that through our collective and concerted search for answers, we might arrive at a solution that spares us further bloodshed. In the Legislative Agenda of the 9th House of Representatives, we have committed to specific strategic goals including improved funding of security agencies, better engagement with local communities, innovative, proactive and technological driven responsiveness While we seek lasting solutions to the problems th In the interim, we will consider interventions that compensate the people of #Zabarmari for the loss of their harvest so that they are not so deprived that they return quickly to the killing feeds where already, they have lost so much. May God bless the memory of the departed. May he grant succor to the ones they’ve left behind. God bless you all, and God bless our Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
On matters of urgent public importance, Rep. Yusuf Gagdi moved a motion on the need to respond to the deliberate attempt by a member of the British House of Parliament and it was seconded by Rep. Leke Ajibade. Rep. Gagdi stated that the utterance of the member of the British Parliament who leads the committee on foreign affairs alleged without substance that former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon had looted the central bank of Nigeria and transferred the same funds outside Nigeria. Rep. Gagdi wondered why a seasoned parliamentarian would utter such unsubstantiated claim possible of inciting violence in Nigeria.
He called on the Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives to write to the British parliament and express displeasure of the House at the libelous statement against the Nigeria leader. He also called for a public apology from the parliamentarian who made the allegations.
Three (3) Bills passed second reading in the House
The House adjourned plenary till Thursday, December 3rd 2020 by 11:00 A.M following a motion for adjournment moved by Rep. Mohammed Wudil and seconded by the minority leader of the House, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu.