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Senator Berates Colleagues For Exposing Secret

Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja

Some members of the Senate, Wednesday, came under heavy criticism from Senator Hamman Misau for disclosing issues that were discussed during the executive sessions to journalists.

It would be recalled that there was reports of an alleged plot to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari at an execution session of the Senate on Tuesday.

Misau, who made his view known at the Plenary, quoted Order 43 of the Senate 2015 Standing Rule, which he said did not allow the practice of disclosing matters that were handled at executive sessions to the press.

He claimed that some national publications credited some false statements to him.

“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I am holding some copies of (the) national dailies here with headlines, “Senate plots impeachment of President Buhari”. Why did some of our colleagues disclose issues at closed-door?” he asked.

The lawmaker expressed worry that some senators could mislead the public over matters discussed at an executive session.

“Yesterday, we were in an executive meeting, and we want to inform Nigerians that executive meetings are only meant for senators. We don’t even allow our aides or the media to be part of the executive sessions.

“For this information to come out from the executive session, it is unfortunate that senators will go out, after a session, to mislead the public of something that was never discussed here.

“Unfortunately, some of the senators are here. There is no time where somebody threatened to impeach Buhari. I was not even given the privilege to talk in the session.

“Even the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs was not even there, and some people went out to mislead the public.

“Even Sahara reporters said me, Peter Nwoboshi, Danjuma Goje and Jibrin Barau were supporting someone to insult another person”, he said.

Misau advised lawmakers to be matured enough to hold confidential issues close to their hearts.

In his remark, the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said the matter would not be subjected to debate, but, however, referred it to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.

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