He may have been back for just one day, but Senator Dino Melaye is already causing ripples in the polity by insisting President Muhammadu Buhari must apologise to the National Assembly over his ‘uncomplimentary remarks’.
This comes after Buhari last week questioned the importance of the National Assembly when the leadership of one of his campaign organisations led by the comptroller-General of customs, Hameed Ali, paid him a visit in Aso Villa.
During Thursday’s plenary, an incensed Melaye, citing an adopted order 14, called for an apology from the President.
“Such derogatory, demeaning statements and insult should not be allowed to go unnoticed”, a recuperating Melaye said.
The embattled lawmaker, who recently indicated he was defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party, said the statement from the president indicated why the comptroller General of customs, Hameed Ali, Economic and financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris have been dishonouring Senate invitations with impunity.
He also faulted the frontline participation and position of Ali as Campaign Director of Buhari’s Campaign Organization against the backdrop that he is simultaneously the boss of the paramilitary agency.
“This action was an aberration and unconstitutional for the customs comptroller- General to be appointed the Director-General of a campaign organisation”.
Furthermore, he tackled Buhari for creating great men when he was supposed to be creating great institutions, protect the institutions and preserve democracy.
Responding to the submission, Senate President, Bukola Saraki in his reaction said, “Conclusion on the President’s statement should not be rushed. We all have agreed to protect this institution but the political participation by the agencies must be called to order”.