Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has been summoned to appear before parliament’s lower chamber, the House of Representatives, to answer questions about the frequent outbreaks of violence in central Nigeria which have left hundreds dead this year.
The unusual step was taken after news broke of a shocking attack on a Catholic church in Benue state which left 16 people dead, including two priests.
The security forces are overstretched having to deal with regular clashes between cattle herders and farmers.
The unrest coincides with the continued insurgency in northern Nigeria by Boko Haram jihadists.
It is not clear if President Buhari will agree to appear before parliament.