By: Anas Yunus
The leader of Boko Haram terror sect Abubakar Shekau is ready to appear before the Senate in his Boko Haram uniform but the Senate is refusing to summon him.
The issue of appearing before senate has become a topic in Nigeria. In recent weeks, the senate has authoritatively summonsed people to appear before it on trivial issues.
Last week, the topic of discussion in the Nigerian media was the senate's insistance that custom's boss Rtd Col Hameed Ali, must appear before them in full customs uniform. The issue heated the polity for the entire week.
By their insistence on Col. Hameed Ali putting on the customs uniform before appearing before them, the senate forgot and neglected the real reason for inviting the customs boss, which was to explain and shed more light on why Nigerians must pay vehicle duty for cars that are already within the country. Rather they concentrated on the Uniform issue which was of no national interest.
Similarly, the senate, last week Wednesday summoned Professor Sagay, the head of anti corruption fight committee to appear before it, he however turned down the invitation, refusing to appear before them claiming they had no authority to summon him.
On the other hand, the leader of Boko Haram sect has sought to be summoned by the senate to clarify issues of national interest but they have failed to invite him. Shekau is supposed to appear before the senate and explain to Nigerians why he has persistently carried out attacks, bombarding towns and cities, destroying properties worth millions of naira, killing innocent people and rendering thousands homeless in IDP camps.