OrderPapeeToday – The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that the proposed emergency session has been overtaken by the events.
The Speaker had earlier announced plans to reconvene an emergency session to discuss the xenophobic attacks which targeted scores of Nigerians and their properties in South Africa in the last couple of days.
Speaking with State House Correspondents after an engagement with President Muhammmadu Buhari on Friday, Gbajabiamila revealed that the House is in agreement with the steps taken by the federal government on the killings.
The Speaker earlier at a press conference in the morning at the National Assembly announced plans to summon the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Chairman of Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri and Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa.
He said: “I left Tanzania earlier to reconvene the House, so that we can discuss this very important issue. We have called that off because events have overtaken that; the government has taken proactive steps, the same we would have taken.”
He disclosed that the National Assembly is on the same page with the president and the government.
“So I came to fully discuss that with Mr. President and other national issues that require the attention of both the legislature and the executive, and we had very fruitful discussions on those issues.”
Speaking on the 2020 budget, he said: “We discussed the issue of the budget. As you are aware, we want to bring the budget circle back to what it use to be, January to December and the only way to do that is for an early presentation of the budget and we have discussed that.
“I cannot give you a definite answer but I know the budget is going to come as early as possible. It maybe the end of this month or shortly thereafter, but I cannot give you and definite date.
“But it’s going to be an early presentation so that we can pass the budget before the end of the year and return to the January to December circle.
“But as you are aware, these are not normal days. The country in the last few days has witnessed unfortunate incidence in the last few days in South Africa.”