Security Summit: Senators Shun Aso Rock

By Ikenga Chronicles January 31, 2018

Security Summit: Senators Shun Aso Rock

The Senate’s plan to convene a national summit to address the insecurity in the country hit the rocks on Tuesday.

This followed the refusal by a number of Senators to agree with the plan to move the venue of the event to the Presidential Villa.The lawmakers insisted that the summit must be held at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja.

Their position was, however, in sharp contrast with the plan by the Senate leadership to hold the summit at the Banquet Hall of the State House.

A Senator disclosed in confidence that it was the opinion of the majority of his colleagues that the President should be advised to move to the ICC to deliver his address or forget attending the summit.

Following the inability of the Senate leadership to resolve the impasse, the summit was postponed indefinitely.

In a bid to manage the situation created by Tuesday’s decision of the Senators, two statements were issued in quick succession by the Senate leadership to explain the postponement.

The first which asked that the earlier statement announcing the holding of the summit on February 1 and 5, 2018, should not be published, disclosed that there were similar assignments holding at the same time.

It reads: “Dear Editors, please kindly stop the publication of the statement earlier issued on the security summit. This is because the date for the programme has changed due to other national assignments of similar importance taking place at about the same time. Be assured that the office of the Senate President shall send an update as soon as a new date for the programme is approved.”

Barely two hours after, another statement signed by the Senate Majority Leader and Chairman of the Adhoc Committee on Review of Security Infrastructure, Ahmed Lawal, stated that the event was suspended because of the burial of former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.

It said the postponement was to also enable federal legislators, particularly those from the South-East, participate fully in the burial programme.