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Reps insist on service chiefs’ in-person appearance

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The House of Representatives has rejected the delegation sent by the Service Chiefs and reiterated their demand for the Chiefs’ personal appearance before the House on November 21st. 

Speaker Tajudeen Abbas, addressing the House in plenary on Thursday, commended the representatives for attending but emphasized the need for the Service Chiefs to appear in person.

The House had earlier summoned the Service Chiefs to engage in a crucial debate on the country’s security challenges. However, to the dismay of the lawmakers, the Service Chiefs sent representatives instead of appearing themselves.

Responding to this development, Deputy Speaker Benjamin Kalu invoked the constitutional authority of the House to invite any individual, not only for investigations but also for open dialogue. 

He emphasized that the Service Chiefs should have honored the House’s summons and presented themselves in person.

Their absence is not satisfactory,” Kalu asserted. “I propose that these sectoral engagements be postponed until the Service Chiefs come before us personally.”

 

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