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Lawmakers disagree with Buhari on Islamic coalition


Following President Mu­hammadu Buhari’s recent admission that Nigeria has joined the 34-member Saudi Arabia-led coalition fight­ing Islamic terrorism, members of the National Assembly have disowned the move.

The members insist that Pres­ident Buhari did not seek the ap­proval of the National Assembly before the government made such a weighty international commit­ment in the name of the country.

The Office of the President of the Senate denied knowledge or endorsement of Nigeria’s mem­bership of the Saudi-led coalition.

The Special Advis­er to the President of the Senate on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said he had no knowl­edge of a presidential communi­cation to his principal either pri­vately or officially on Nigeria’s membership of the Saudi Arabia coalition against the Islamic ter­rorists.

He explained that if there had been such a correspondence from the presidency under “Letter from President Muhammadu Buhari,” it would have been read at the floor of the Senate before now.

Reacting to the issue, a mem­ber of the House of Representa­tives, Hon. Oghene Emma Egoh, representing Amuwo Odofin Fed­eral Constituency of Lagos State, de­nied any knowledge of the National Assembly’s approval of the purport­ed membership of the Saudi Ara­bia-led coalition against terrorism.

President Buhari had attributed the reasons behind the move to claims that some terrorists in Nigeria have confirmed that they are Muslims.