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Presidency set to arrest Lawmakers that booed him during the 2019 budget presentation

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that there are plans to arrest National Assembly members who booed President Muhammadu Buhari during the presentation of the 2019 budget proposal on Wednesday, December 19. The claim was made by a spokesman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Buba Galadima, while addressing journalists in Abuja on Sunday, December 23. 
Buba Galadima

According to him, the presidency has directed security agencies to start compiling names of lawmakers who jeered the president to be arrested. He noted that parliamentarians all over the world had booed and even pelted presidents and prime ministers, adding that the presidency will be breaching the rules of democracy if it carries out the arrest. He also explained that in Nigeria, lawmakers enjoy parliamentary privileges and can’t be prosecuted for actions taken on the floor.

According to Him:

“They can’t arrest any parliamentarian for booing the president on what he thinks is correct. That the president misrepresented what has happened in his or her constituency. They should be careful with what they are trying to do, because what they are planning to do, whether the president knows or he doesn’t know, will affect the 2019 general elections. 

“He has no authority whatsoever, or his agents whether EFCC, ICPC, Police and DSS to accost any parliamentarian for having booed the president that read out on the floor of the National Assembly.”

He further stated that:

“What the President read out as achievements were absolute falsehood, they were absolute misrepresentation of facts. By now, we must have seen that 90% of what he called achievement were rarely not true.”

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