Do not be embarrassed when you refuse an invitation to the National Assembly, ”says Falana Bukhari.
Femi Falana, a human rights activist and senior lawyer from Nigeria, advised President Bukhari not to ridicule himself by rejecting an invitation he had previously accepted to speak before the national assembly.
Recall that Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) on Wednesday, December 9, argued that the National Assembly has no constitutional authority to convene a president.
However, in response to this, Falana said that the national assembly has the right to convene the president. He added that with the combined effect of Articles 88 and 89 of the Constitution, the National Assembly has the right to summon any public official, including the President, in the course of any investigation.
The statement was read;
“For his part, the distinguished Attorney General of the Federation questioned the constitutional authority of the National Assembly to invite the President on the grounds that, as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, he could not be obliged to disclose the operational details of the defense. country.
“Respectfully, the President has a moral and legal obligation to honor the invitation.
“Having accepted the invitation, the president should not be embarrassed to reject the invitation.
“Through the combined operation of Articles 88 and 89 of the Constitution, the National Assembly has the right to summon any public official, including the President, in the course of an investigation of any matter in respect of which it has the power to legislate and conduct the affairs of any person, body, ministry or government department, to which is entrusted or entrusted with duties or responsibilities for the execution or execution of laws passed by the National Assembly.
“It is pertinent to note that the powers conferred on the National Assembly under the provisions of this section can only be exercised to enable it to enact laws on any matter within its legislative competence and to correct any shortcomings in existing laws; and expose corruption, inefficiency or waste in the use or management of the funds. “