‘Nigerians Lack The Power To Hold President Buhari Acountable’
The only President in the world today that is not accountable to his people most especially on security matter is President Muhammadu Buhari.
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This assertion is meaningful to the statement credited yesterday to the legal adviser of the federation, Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general and minister of injustice, sorry Justice.
Buhari is expected today to honour the summon served on him by the National Assembly over alarming increasing sorrowful insecurity in the country.
Possible fear of impeachment, Malami said Nigerians’ representatives at the National Assembly lack the constitutional power to summon President Muhammadu Buhari on security issue.
Buhari if he like, can chose to address the National Assembly at any time the president feel like; according to the Nigeria minister of justice.
Malami said it was outside the constitutional powers of the national assembly to summon the president over his “operational use of the armed forces”.
“President Muhamamdu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has recorded tremendous success in containing the hitherto incessant bombing, colossal killings, wanton destruction of lives and property that bedeviled the country before attaining the helm of affairs of the country in 2015.
“The confidentiality of strategies employed by the President as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not open for public exposure in view of security implications in probable undermining of the war against terror.
“The fact that President Muhammadu Buhari was instrumental to the reclaiming of over 14 Local Governments previously controlled by the Boko Haram in North East is an open secret, the strategies for such achievement are not open for public expose.
“The National Assembly has no Constitutional Power to envisage or contemplate a situation where the President would be summoned by the National Assembly on operational use of the Armed Forces.
“The right of the President to engage the National Assembly and appear before it is inherently discretionary in the President and not at the behest of the National Assembly.
“The management and control of the security sector is exclusively vested in the President by Section 218 (1) of the Constitution as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces including the power to determine the operational use of the Armed Forces.
“An invitation that seeks to put the operational use of the Armed Forces to a public interrogation is indeed taking the constitutional rights of law making beyond bounds.
“As the Commander in Chief, the President has exclusivity on security and has confidentiality over security.
“These powers and rights he does not share.
“So, by summoning the President on National Security operational Matters, the House of Representative operated outside constitutional bounds.
“President’s exclusivity of constitutional confidentiality investiture within the context of the constitution remains sacrosanct”, said the minister
A discussion on Africa Independent Television, AIT during 8:00 main news hour yesterday, it was recalled by a discussant that Barack Obama among other presidents of the United States of America were summoned and appeared before the America lawmakers in more than ten times over security issues and other issues of national interest.
The likes of Abubakar Malami around President Muhammadu Buhari as a bad and grossly misleading adviser may explain why Nigerians are in a parlous state of unending hardship since Buhari finds his ways to power in 2015.