Reps make U-turn accept petition from Tivs in America

The Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila has bowed to popular outcry by overruling his deputy, Mr. Ahmed Idris Wase over the controversial petition by “Mutual Union of the Tiv in America” earlier rejected by the House.

Gbajabiamila on Tuesday stated that the has decided to accept the petition that was initially submitted by the lawmaker representing Benue Gwer east/Gwer west federal constituency, Mark Terseer Gbillah.

Gbillah had initially presented the petition, wherein he accused the Federal Government of not resettling the Tiv people displaced from their ancestral land through various attacks.

While presiding in the absence of his boss, Wase rejected the petition from the group saying Nigerians in the diaspora do not “really know” the situation in Nigeria and thus they are not eligible to file petitions.

The move generated uproar both in the conventional and social media prompting widespread criticism of Wase and House by members of public.

Many Nigerians have accused him of disregarding the plight of the displaced persons in the country.

However, the Speaker has eventually accepted the petition after it was re-presented by Gbillah noting that the House of Representatives is against discrimination against citizens, regardless of where they reside.

“I believe this is the same petition that has been causing a lot of misunderstanding,” Gbajabiamila said.

“Having cleared that misunderstanding, please, go ahead and lay your petition to be given proper attention.”

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