The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila on Friday revealed why he called the meeting that the service chiefs snubbed, saying it was because of a serious security crisis in Borno state, the epicenter of Boko Haram and ISWAP insurgency.
“We called this meeting because it was important, you can see members from Borno here. There is crisis in Borno right now.
“We wanted to hear from the Service Chiefs, to know what is going on, to know how the house can help. What are the problems, what are the challenges, to talk about strategy and what we need to do.
“I am sure you do not expect the House to fold its arms over what is going on in Maiduguri and other parts of the country,” he said.
According to the speaker, there is a migration crisis in the state, with people moving out of their local councils and heading to Maiduguri.
The speaker expressed disappointment that the Service Chiefs shunned the House invitation to discuss issues of insecurity in the North East.
The speaker while calling off the meeting said that the representatives sent by the Service Chiefs were not acceptable to the leadership of the House.
He said that there was no call placed to his office to explain their absence, saying, “I am just seeing their accountants and representatives.”
According to him, this meeting was not called by a committee of the House, it was called by the highest level of the legislature, personally by me as the speaker of the house.
“Let me say that as a house and institution, I cannot understate our disappointment at the Service Chiefs that are not here.