Reps, too, rise against defiant Senator, Marafa

Senator Kabiru Marafa Photo: Daily Trust
Senator Kabiru Marafa Photo: Daily Trust

Some members of the House of Representatives from on Wednesday urged defiant senator, Kabiru Marafa, to respect the sanctity of the legislature.

Mr. Marafa, an outspoken critic of the senate president, Bukola Saraki, is under investigation by the Senate Ethics committee after his colleagues accused him of disparaging the Senate in a newspaper interview.

Mr. Marafa denied the allegation, and accused Senators of lying against him and being afraid of him because of their “atrocities”.

Eleven members of the House of the House of Representatives said in a statement on Wednesday that Mr. Marafa, who represents Zamfara Central, should allow popular will of the senators who elected the leadership of the Senate override his personal interest.

The lawmakers said they became interested in the matter after realising that Mr. Marafa’s attacks on Mr. Saraki, were “misconceived”.

The statement said the attacks had started to cast a slur on the integrity of the entire National Assembly over which the Senate President presides as chairman.

“It is indeed regrettable that eight months after the contest for leadership in the Senate ended, Marafa and his group have remained in electioneering mode” they said.

According to the statement, Mr. Marafa’s claim that there were fifth columnists working against the interest of the executive in the Senate, was not in order.

The statement said that any right thinking Nigerian would know that the budget as presented had a number of challenges which needed the collaborative efforts of both arms of government to sort out.

According to the statement, Mr. Marafa’s suggestion that the National Assembly was behind the current budget hiccup was unfortunate.

The News Agency of Nigeria NAN) reports that those who signed the statement are Kabir Ajanah, Mustafa Dawaki, Gaza Gbefwi, Supo Adeola, Adamu Kamale, Rita Orji, and Chukwueke Anohu.

Others are Zakari Mohammed, Gabriel Onyewife, Ali Issa and Victor Nwokolo.


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