MAJORITY Leader in the House of
Representative, Femi Gbajabiamila,
has said that the Speaker, Yakubu
Dogara; and his deputy, Yusuf
Lasun, did not brief the House
on the true state of the President
Muhammadu Buhari’s health after
their visit to London, because there
was no such resolution in the House
mandating them to embark on the
trip.
He gave the explanation in Abuja
while addressing the media over the
visit of some principal officers of the
National Assembly to the President.
Gbajabiamila said that although
the Speaker and his Deputy could
not report on Buhari’s health during
plenary, they, however, briefed
members individually and in
smaller caucuses.
I believe the briefing has been
done individually and collectively
through zonal briefings but not
on the floor of the House of
Representatives.
“You must understand one thing.
I’m not sure that they went officially
on behalf of the House because
there was no such resolution in
the House. So, they went in their
personal capacities out of concern
and not in their official capacities as
presiding officers.
“So, is there an obligation to
now come and brief the whole
House collectively? If there was no
official mandate or resolution for
them to go then it becomes neither
here nor there. I may decide to try
and see the Buhari in my personal
capacity. It does not mean I will go
and comeback and brief the whole
House. I will only brief people who ask me.

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“The way we work in the House
of Representatives is that you
can call a caucus of the House of
Representatives in smaller groups
and it becomes official. But it is
always better to do something one
time and it makes it more official
on the floor where you have the
mace that gives it that officialdom.
“To the extent that you call
a caucus, it may not be official
but you basically reported your
findings that is not to say it would
have been better to have brief us
in plenary.
“The points to be made are that
they saw Mr. President, he looked
good; he talked good; he was well.
They went even beyond official.
They said it to the whole world.
The speaker even tweeted it. He
said it in the paper. That is even
more than official, because he said
it to the whole world and put his
credibility on the line. That’s why
I believe him,” he stated.

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