The widely reported debate of former Defence Minister General Theophilus Danjuma’s claim that the military was “colluding” with killer herdsmen to perpetrate ethnic cleansing was aborted in the Senate Wednesday.
Not only that the debate of the controversial claim was not listed in the Order Paper, Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf, who raised the matter kept silent.
No reason was given for what appeared to be a deliberate omission of the item on the Order Paper.
Senator Yusuf, (Taraba Central) had on Tuesday drew the attention of the Senate to Danjuma’s allegation against the military over unabating killings in Taraba State and parts of the country.
The Taraba Central lawmaker sought and was granted leave to bring a substantive motion on the issue yesterday.
Spirited effort by another Taraba senator, Emmanuel Bwacha, to reopen the matter failed.
The Taraba south senator however succeeded in laying letters to show that what Danjuma claimed was reported to federal authorities including the military high command.
Bwacha told the Senate that as the senator representing Danjuma he was in position of publications showing that federal authorities and the military high command were duly alerted about the activities of some military personnel in Taraba State who were allegedly aiding and abating killer herdsmen in the state.
Some senator felt uncomfortable over what Bwacha was saying and attempted to stop him.
Senate leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan reminded the Senate that the issue Bwacha wanted discussed was the same issue raised by Yusuf.
Lawan said that it would be proper to guide Bwacha to reserve his submission until Yusuf presented his motion.
Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, agreed and asked Bwacha to suspend his submission until the motion was presented.
Although Saraki said that the motion would come up in another legislative day, it is not clear when it would be presented.
Some senators said that the security nature of the motion may be taken into account in presenting the motion.