By Bashir Bello
The Deputy Minority Whip of the Senate, Ibrahim Abdullahi Danbaba from Sokoto state has been explaining why he and Senator Nakudu staged a walk out during the meeting on Tuesday
The Senate Committee on Army had an interactive session with with Major Stephenson Olabanji who is the commander of Training and Doctrine, Nigerian Army.
According to Danbaba, “Senator Barinada Mpigi representing Cross River South East raised an observation that the recruitment process into the Army is flawed and lopsided”.
The Lawmaker said that , when it was his turn to speak, he also supported Senator Mpigi, however, I demanded that the Nigerian Army furnish the Senate the records of the recruitment into the Army over the years so that we can know which states and local government areas that were neglected or discriminated against”.
However, Danbaba said, his suggestion was stepped down by the acting chairman of the Commitee, Senator Abba Moro from Benue who presided over the session due to the absence of the chairman Muhammed Ali Ndume.
Danbaba, then added ” Abba Moro told me that this is not a meeting for such enquiries”.
He further explained that another Senator made moves to ask about the recruitment into the Army, however, the acting chairman shut him down.
The Sokoto law maker said at that moment, he, Senators Mpigi and Bala Nakudu then staged a walk out to protest Abba Moro’s action.
Explaining further, the Sokoto born legislator said that the issue of lopsided recruitment in the Army have negatively affected his state Sokoto for a very long time. He added that Sokoto state indigenes have been denied employment into the Army for frivolous reasons
“and now that we have the opportunity to rectify the situation Senator Moro stopped us”, he lamented
“He shouldn’t have ruled us out of order since the military man the question was directed to, did not complain.
“The issue of marginalization in recruitment has never been responded to, it is part of the oversight process of the committee to ensure that whatever is to be done should be done to ensure justice, the Nigerian Army like any other institution of government in Nigeria is supposed to comply with provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended and that constitution has made it very clear that the issue of federal character and representation is paramount is a constitutional issue”, he explained