The Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Toby Okechukwu, has faulted the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, on the powers of the National Assembly to Summon the President, saying the AGF was solely airing the place of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The AGF had in a press release on Monday maintained that the House of Representatives decision inviting President Muhammadu Buhari to interface with it on the rising insecurity within the nation was “outside constitutional bounds”.
But Okechukwu, a senior lawyer, disagreed with Malami, describing the AGF’s place as “strange”.
He mentioned that the invitation was a prudent effort on the a part of the legislature to discover a lasting answer to the worsening insecurity within the nation, including that the President’s willingness to look was evident in his interplay with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
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“Without making undue to efforts to win an argument, Section 89 (1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended clearly empowers the Senate or the House of Representatives or a committee appointed in accordance with Section 62 of the Constitution to obtain proof, written or oral and to ‘summon any person in Nigeria to give evidence at any place.
“Therefore the attempt to pressurize Mr. President not to appear clearly shows that some highly placed political actors in the ruling party are placing politics over the protection of lives of Nigerians. The APC is evidently fiddling with propaganda and politics while Nigeria burns”, he stated.
The lawmaker, who represents Aninri/Awgu/Oji River Federal Constituency, Enugu State, described as unfortunate a situation where every invitation by a branch of government to another branch to interact towards addressing any national challenges was considered as demeaning, thereby triggering unnecessary flexing of muscles.
“It is evident from APC’s place as made public by the AGF that the security of Nigerian residents would take a again sit within the subsequent few days, whereas the argument over who is correct or unsuitable sadly takes the entrance seat” he added.
He, due to this fact, known as on President Buhari to rise above the legalese and political fray to indicate management so as to rally the Nigerian folks and their parliament to seek out lasting options to the rising insecurity within the nation.