Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has accepted the petition of the Tiv people of Benue State, who are resident in the United States of America.
The petition was earlier rejected two weeks ago by Idris Wase, Deputy Speaker of the House, who presided over plenary that fateful day and claimed Nigerians in the diaspora lack the right standing to make a petition to the House.
The rejection had, however, attracted widespread condemnations from Nigerians all over the world for Wase rejecting the petition.
But at plenary on Tuesday, the petition was reintroduced by Mark Gbillah, the lawmaker representing Gwer East West Federal Constituency of Benue State, and Gbajabiamila, who presided over the plenary, accepted the petition.
The Speaker said the House of Representatives cannot discriminate against any Nigerian wherever they may be in any part of the world.
“I believe this is the same petition that has been causing a lot of misunderstanding.
“The misunderstanding came from the issue of signature.
“Having cleared that misunderstanding, please, go ahead and lay your petition to be given proper attention
“Thank Hon Mark Gbillah. Thank you for your patience”, Gbajabiamila said.