British Parliament cannot summon the Queen
Professor Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC) supported the position of Attorney General and Justice Minister Abubakar Malami that the National Assembly has no constitutional authority to convene a president. Muhammad Bukhari.
Speaking in a chat with the Daily Independent, Sagai said the president is taller than any other person in the country, whom the National Assembly cannot equate with the ministers and agency leaders they can call.
Saghai, who said defying Bukhari is tantamount to belittling Nigeria’s sovereignty, also reminded lawmakers that the British parliament cannot summon the queen to answer any questions.
He said: “Well, I think I fully support the Federation Attorney General and the Justice Minister. First, the president is not only the head of government; he is also the head of state. He represents the sovereignty of Nigeria, so he is not the kind of person to whom you can give orders and say, “Come and contact us, whether you like it or not!” They have no authority to do so. The constitutional provisions clearly state when he should go to the National Assembly, that is, when he presents the budget. ”
“They can afford to call ministers, the general customs inspector, the inspector general of the police, the permanent secretaries of the National Assembly. These are the people who are implementing various projects for which the National Assembly voted in cash. But the president is the head of state, higher than any person in the country and a symbol of our statehood. They have no power to summon it. “
He also added that he supports the president’s decision to dodge the invitation because the opposition Democratic MPs were waiting to boo and humiliate him.
“Secondly, we all know that these severance tax legislators are looking for any opportunity to boo and humiliate the president. They did this when he went to submit a budget when Saraki was President of the Senate. They booed him, shouted and embarrassed him, but he showed a lot of personal composure, presented a budget and walked away with dignity. “
“Now they are disappointed and are looking for ways to humiliate the president again. So, based on purely practical meaning and purely constitutional law, there is no reason why the president should go there. “
“So, I agree with Malami on this, even if I disagree with his reasons. There are no constitutional provisions that allow legislators to do this. The British Parliament cannot summon the Queen and address them on any issue. So let them forget about it. “
“The best they can do is arrange and allow the leadership of both chambers to travel to Villa Aso to meet with the President, and then he can tell them what he has to say about security. Then they will come back and tell their colleagues what he said. “
Source: – Independent ng