A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ben Ibakpa (PDP, Delta), has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to publicly name and shame, as well as prosecute the member of the National Assembly said to be sponsoring terrorism in Nigeria.
The lawmaker in a point of Order on the matter of privilege raised during Tuesday plenary noted that the President in his nation wide broadcast on October 1st alleged that a member of the legislature has been identified as a sponsor of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in the South East, as well as the Yoruba Nation agitators in the South West.
Ibakpa said the blanket allegation without naming the culprit led to him being humiliated and barred from attending a wedding ceremony in Accra Ghana, over the weekend, where he was told that Ghanaians have been “placed on red alert to stop Nigerian parliamentarians from coming into course trouble.”
“IPOB by what it’s to the face of the law today is a terrorist organization even when we have our reservations because the laws of the land and courts have spoken. Mr Speaker that means that 469 members of this National Assembly are crime suspects.”
“On that fateful day, I went to Akure, to be part of the burial ceremony of our fellow colleague, Hon. Expensive. On Saturday had to honour an invitation to Ghana for a wedding, Mr Speaker it will amaze you what I faced at the hands of Ghanaian officials.
“They detained me for about four hours, that they are trying to confirm something, I stayed at the airport for four hours, missed the wedding I went for and at the end of the day one of them walked up to me saying sorry sir there’s an announcement in Nigeria that a member of parliament is sponsoring terrorism and we are put on red alert to ensure that no member of parliament comes here to hide or cause trouble.
“I had to come back home dejected. They have been calling me all over the world, my friends have been telling me, who among you is that person sponsoring terrorism? The right thing for a father to do is to name and shame any child that’s bringing about division. But Mr President didn’t shame that person or name them instead, he named 469 members.
“I appeal that the leadership of the House should liaise with their counterparts in the Senate to try and see the President so that he can tell us who’s sponsoring terrorism amongst us.
“The President should also go ahead and prosecute and convict that person,” Hon. Ibakpa said.
Responding to the issue, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said: Hon. Ben your privilege is noted and we will get back to you on that.”