10 December 2020 by Aisha Adesanya.
The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has faulted the last minute claim by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, that the National Assembly lacks powers to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians on the growing insecurity, killings and acts of terrorism in the Country.
The caucus, in a statement signed by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, states that such assertion by the Attorney General portrays him as an officer who is not in touch with the laws and realities on ground.
The statement explains that section 218 cited by the Attorney General as well as sections 88 and 89 clearly grants the National Assembly the powers to request Mr. President’s attention on his handling of security and operations of the armed forces.
It notes that President Buhari in response to the constitutional invitation had already agreed to appear before the House to address Nigerians.
It describes the claims by the Attorney General that the House of Representatives over stepped its bounds by inviting Mr. President to address Nigerians as reckless.
According to the statement, the fundamental reason for the existence of any Government is the security of lives and property and such is directly vested on the President as the commander-in-chief.
It also says it is sad and a great disservice to the nation and the President that the only opportunity Mr. President had to remedy his name by addressing Nigerians through their elected representatives is being thwarted by individuals pursuing their selfish interest
The statement further expresses serious concerns over the interest and roles being played by officers like Abubakar Malami in governance, especially in relation to the failure to stem the tide of insecurity in the Country.