By Williams Anuku, Abuja
Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello has described some members of the National Assembly who booed President Muhammadu Buhari while he was presenting the 2019 budgetary appropriations as people not well mannered.
According to Bello, their actions constitute an embarrassment and threat to the nation’s democracy.
Recall that on Wednesday, President Buhari was interrupted and booed intermittently by some lawmakers while addressing the joint session of the National Assembly.
Some of them obviously from the opposition party kept on interrupting the speech of the President, by chanting “Lies! Propaganda! Freedom come by struggle, by struggle!
The entire scenario played out while Buhari was reeling out achievements of his government in the last three and half years in the saddle of leadership.
Although the President was not comfortable with the interjection, he fought hard to maintain his composure, but the aggrieved lawmakers continued interrupting him.
He was later forced to respond, saying, “May I appeal to the honourable members that the world is watching us… we’re supposed to be above this.”
While reacting to the development, the Kogi State governor told State House Correspondents after the Anchor Borrowers Programme Gala Night that ended in the early hours of Thursday at the State House Conference Center, said in spite of the distractions, President Buhari has shown the stuff he was made off.
He said, “First of all there are two distinct human beings, a father, a gentleman, a man who has the interest of the country at heart, President Muhammadu Buhari displayed his stuff today (Wednesday), and those who are self-centered, selfish and bent on destroying this country and the democracy have also shown themselves today.
“This is what I said sometimes back that when you have a child that is not well trained by his parents he constitutes menace to the society and that is exactly what we witnessed today in the National Assembly.
“National Assembly is supposed to be made of men and women of character and integrity.
“We have seen those that constitute such class of human beings and those that constitute menace to the society in the National Assembly today.
“But above all, I thank God, I thank Mr. President for a wonderful presentation of 2019 budget estimates. We all believe it’s going to take Nigeria to the next level by the special grace of God.”