An uproar on the floor of the Senate, Thursday, ensued, following a statement by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe in which he described President Muhammadu Buhari as incompetent.
The senator made the statement while condemning comments credited to Buhari that armed militia groups from Libya were responsible for killings in the country.
He was interrupted by the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, who called on him to withdraw the statement and apologise.
Abaribe who remained defiant questioned why lawmakers and Nigerians still indulge Buhari, who he claimed did not deserve to be called a Commander-in-Chief, since he has failed to protect Nigerians.
His words, “Yesterday (Wednesday), in London, the Commander-in-Chief and President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari said that these killings were as a result of the people who were trained by Muammar Gaddafi, implying that these people who are doing the killings in Nigeria are invaders from outside of Nigeria. If so, it validates my last point that when a Commander-in-Chief says he cannot take care of invaders, why is he still a Commander-in-Chief?
Relying on Order 53 of the Senate Standing Rules, Lawan insisted that President Buhari deserved the respect and courtesy of the Senate. He condemned what he described as the bitter politics of the opposition in the Senate.
Continuing, he said, “If we do not conduct ourselves with respect, nobody will. I want to ask my colleague to immediately withdraw his statement and apologies to this chamber”,;but the senate president, Bukola Saraki cautioned Abaribe saying, “We can make our points without using words that are offensive. Please be guided accordingly”.
Abaribe rather insisted he was within what is permissible under the law. He claimed that what President Buhari said could not be better interpreted and he apologised thereafter.