Nigerians In Diaspora Are Angry Over Comments By Deputy Speaker, Wase – Dabiri-Erewa Writes Gbajabiamila

File photo: A cross-section of Nigerians in the Diaspora

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman and CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has written to the speaker of the Nigerian house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila following complaints from Nigerians abroad on the incident that happened on the floor of the house last week.

The Precision NG reports that a viral video of the plenary session of the house had surfaced online, wherein the deputy speaker of the house, Ahmed Idris Wase presiding, turned down a motion by Mark Gbillah, representing Gwer East-Gwer West constituency of Benue State when he attempted to submit a petition filed by Mzough U Tiv Amerika on insecurity in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba.

Gbillah had explained he was submitting the petition on behalf of MUTA because indigenes of the affected states had been sacked from their ancestral lands.

Wase turned down the petition saying that those who sit in their comfort zones abroad are not eligible to file petitions against the Federal Government on issues regarding insecurity.

But Dabiri-Erewa in a letter to speaker Femi Gbajabiamila on Monday said the commission she headed, NiDCOM, received complaints from Nigerians in the Diaspora expressing their anger over the stand of the deputy speaker when the matter was presented at the house.

“The video has inflamed tension and caused a significant uproar amongst the Nigerian Diaspora community.

“In view of this, we appeal to Mr speaker to intervene and use your good office to do all that can be done to mitigate the effect of this unfortunate incidence,” the letter read in part.

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