Senators threaten to boycott Senate’s national security summit

Senators threaten to boycott Senate’s national security summit


The Nigerian senators are threatening to boycott the February 1 national security summit organised by the upper chamber because of the venue of the summit. The summit was scheduled to hold at Presidential Villa Banquet on February 1, but has been postponed to honour former vice president, Alex Ekwueme who will be buried on Saturday, February 3, The Nation reports. we gathered that the decision to organise the summit was taken by the Senate after a January 17 debate on the state of the nation and killings. It was learnt that the executive showed interest in participating and President Muhammadu Buhari agreed to open the summit. On Tuesday, January 30, senators went into an executive session on the summit and it was learnt that the argument was heated, with many threatening a boycott. According to a source, the issue of the security summit and where it would be held dominated the “heated closed-session”. The source added that most of the senators insisted that on no account should the security summit be held in the Villa. It was learnt that efforts by Saraki to persuade the senators to attend the summit failed. The lawmakers were said to have suggested the International Conference Centre (ICC) as the venue instead of the Banquet Hall. Besides, it was gathered that the senators suggested that President Muhammadu Buhari should only attend the conference as a guest of honour where provision should be made for him to speak and address participants. According to another source, the position of the senators was linked to the “shabby treatment meted to senators on October 26, 2017, when some senators were blocked from entering the presidential villa. Meanwhile, we previously reported that the presidency was reportedly mounting pressure on the Nigerian Senate over its proposed security summit scheduled to take place soon. It was learnt that the pressure from the presidency was due to apprehensions the planned summit was causing in certain circles, particularly in the security community and even within the upper chamber.

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