The Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, has advanced reasons why he walked out of plenary on Tuesday.
Ndume had during plenary session on Tuesday walked out of the Red Chamber after he was ruled out of order twice by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio.
Explaining the rationale behind his decision, the lawmaker said he had to leave the floor when he was not allow to present his case and that the time coincide with time of prayer.
“When Senator Kawu Sumaila proposed a motion which he said was urgent on closing the border between Nigeria and Niger.
“At first, it was argued that the motion was not urgent, but the president of the Senate let him finish what he wanted to say.
“After hearing the motion, it was agreed that since it is related to security, it should be suspended,” he told BBC Hausa during an interview.
He added, “I would like to clarify that the motion, although impactful, falls outside the jurisdiction of the Nigerian Senate.
“The closure of the border was not initiated by the President of Nigeria, but rather during his tenure as President of ECOWAS. As such, he has the authority to advocate on our behalf.
“In order to address this matter, it is imperative to involve the President of our nation, but I was not afforded the opportunity to convey this message.
“While this was happening, it coincided with the time of prayer, prompting my departure. Consequently, my colleagues misconstrued my exit, and the journalists changed the meaning of my exit,” Ndume said.