Third Republic Senate President, Senator Ameh Ebute, has said that members of the National Assembly, who booed President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2019 budget presentation today, Wednesday, have succeeded only in disgracing themselves and Nigeria as a nation.
“The president, being a symbol of authority of the country, any disgrace on him is a disgrace on the entire nation. So, the disgrace is not for President Muhammadu Buhari. It is a disgrace on the entire nation whom they claim to be representing.
“The president, irrespective of any performance, represents the dignity of the nation.
In a statement he signed today, Wednesday, Senator Ebute said: “I think people will interpret their action as the refusal of Mr. President to allow them loot the national treasury in the name of constituency projects.
According to him, the lawmakers’ action might have been caused by Buhari’s failure to allow the them to dip their hands into the national treasury, saying that booing a president is unprecedented in history of democracy in the country.
He expressed dissatisfaction over the incident, insisting that the lawmakers’ action did not demonstrate mature conduct of people who were supposed to be members of the National Assembly: Senators and honourable members.
Senator Ebute said that the concerned lawmakers thought that they wanted to disgrace the president when in actual fact, they ended up disgracing themselves.
“If he has performed much below expectations or committed any breach of the Constitution, they should have been able to muster enough support to impeach him rather than denigrate themselves, thinking they were denigrating Mr President. They disgraced themselves and the entire nation. It has never happened before.”