Constitutional lawyer and human rights activist Mike Ozakhumi (SAN) criticized the Legal professional Normal and Minister of Justice's place that President Muhammadu Buhari didn’t seem earlier than the Nationwide Meeting resulting from insecurity. Wednesday, in a extensively publicized assertion, it was assumed that the Nationwide Meeting lacked the powers to summon Buhari, referring to the "exclusivity of safety points" similar to these of the president. Within the aftermath of the killing of Zebarmari rice growers within the Gerry Native Authorities Space, Burnie State.
However in a press release made by the chief lawyer that was made obtainable to DAILY POST on Thursday, he cited a number of sections of the structure indicating the existence of inherent powers of lawmakers to summon the President.
He stated: “I’ve simply learn, with concern and worry, a press release attributed to Hoon. Union Prosecutor and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, that NASS doesn’t have the authority to summon the President relating to its“ sensible use of the armed forces. ”
"I'm upset over that. AGF's place as a result of the President voluntarily agreed to look earlier than NASS.
“Underneath Articles 217, 218, and 219 of the 1999 Structure, the President can not implement the“ sensible use of the armed forces ”with out NASS approval. Or allow him to take action.
“ Certainly, underneath Part 219 (b), he should That the composition of the Armed Forces of the Federation displays the federal character of Nigeria, and that solely NASS has the powers to make legal guidelines that regulate how the President, as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, carries out the sensible use of the Armed Forces.
“The President can not do it alone. Due to this fact, the Mister President is underneath scrutiny by NASS to seek out out why the methods Mr President has used up to now to fight the insecurity of Nigeria has failed; and why he continues to retain the Chiefs of Providers, whose time period has since expired, And those that have surpassed their utility, effectivity, and effectiveness ever since.
Ozchumi stated, the secrecy of security-related instances as introduced by the general public prosecutor was an open secret a lot in order that conventional rulers from the northern a part of the nation have expressed their remorse on the insecurity within the area. “There may be nothing secret or secret concerning the Nigerian safety scenario, because the AGF would really like us to consider.
] “The AGF should dwell in one other utopian world, not the identical realm of actuality, the place all of the rulers of the Northeast, your entire Northern Establishment and the elites, together with the Sokoto Sultan, the ACF and the NEF, who’ve all denounced the horrible insecurity in The North.
“Certainly, the Sultan stated, with out contradiction, that the north is probably the most harmful and harmful place to dwell in Nigeria at present. Did the AGF get its details about retaking greater than 14 native authorities areas that had been allegedly underneath Boko Haram's management earlier than? Is there anybody in Nigeria at present, together with younger kids, who have no idea that your entire safety structure and gear of Nigeria reform is managed by greater than 98% and falls into one division and one faith of this plural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multilingual nation referred to as Nigeria?
He questioned concerning the unhealthy recommendation the Bukhari aide would give each time there have been strategic issues, a scenario which he assured was main the nation to wherever.
He requested the President to make himself obtainable to
“With these, the AGF ought to by no means advise Mr President to not seem earlier than NASS. Doing so shouldn’t be solely moral; it is usually legally and constitutionally obligatory for Buhari to respect NASS’s summons.” (19659003) ] “President Buhari should go face NASS and reply the questions of why his authorities is so terribly failing Nigerians. Steam shouldn’t be protected. He shouldn’t be disguised. It shouldn’t be examined. Doing so is not only an obligation; It’s also a dedication I owe to the Nigerian folks. That is constitutional. That is additionally moral. That is additionally moral. That is additionally respectable. ”