Instead of interacting with lawmakers as scheduled today in the House of Representatives, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, was stopped from entering the chamber, as opposition lawmakers blocked him.
A rowdy session reportedly ensued after a motion was moved that Mr. Kachikwu be admitted to the chamber for the special session, scheduled for noon. Members belonging to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party held several Nigerian flags, chanting anti-government slogans, and insisting that Mr. Kachikwu should not be admitted to the chamber.
“All we are saying is save Nigeria,” the opposition lawmakers chanted, just as House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, was moving a motion for Mr. Kachikwu’s admittance to the House.
The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, was eventually able to restore order at 12:43 p.m.
The Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, thereafter moved that the House dissolve into a closed-door session “to resolve pending controversial issues.” The House then went into executive session.
The lawmakers had invited the oil minister to explain the rationale for the new fuel pricing and supply framework introduced by government last week.
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