ABUJA– Nigeria’s National Assembly has threatened to invoke its constitutional powers against President Muhammadu Buhari if he fails to comply with its joint resolutions.
The decision was taken at a joint executive session here Tuesday of the Senate and the House of Representatives presided over by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and House Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
Saraki, who read out the 12-point resolution after the session which lasted for more than three hours, stressed that Buhari must stop the spate of killings of Nigerians, harassment and humiliation of perceived political enemies, adherence to the rule of law and sack the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), among others.
Representative Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC-Kano) said in a statement later that almost all the members of the house and senators who spoke were from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party, while members from the president’s All Progressives Congress (APC) did not join the discussion to avoid a rowdy confrontation.
He observed that the Speaker tactically refused to make any comment at the session even after the Senate President took time to explain the issues which are mostly personal.
He alleged that a known ally of the Senate President from Kwara, Rep. Rasak Atunwa, drafted what was adopted as the resolution of the session without allowing for voting. It is disturbing and raised many questions of pre-determined intentions, Jibrin said.
He said most of the issues raised during the session, concerning the fight against corruption, insecurity and the rule of law had earlier been severally discussed in the Senate and the House and various resolutions passed.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK