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Insecurity: Lawmakers Does Not Have The Power To Summon Buhari - Malami Blows Hot

Insecurity: Lawmakers Does Not Have The Power To Summon Buha

The Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami has revealed that the lawmakers do not possess the constitutional power to summon President Muhammadu Buhari.

Malami who made this known in a statement on Wednesday said that summoning the president over his operational use of armed forces was outside the constitutional power of the National Assembly.

The AGF said this while reacting to a recent move by the Nigerian senate to invite president Buhari over the incessant terrorist attacks on the Northern part of the country. 

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Recall that the lawmakers last week resolved to summon the president over frequent attacks by Boko Haram in the northern region.

“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 statement read.

“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 exposore 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.

“While condoling the bereaved and sympathising with the victims of the associated insecurity in the country, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN maintained that national security is not about publicity and the nation’s security architecture cannot be exposed for the sake of getting publicity.”

According to the statement, the president’s efforts on security matters are exclusive and confidential, and as such, “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 attorney-general said.

“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,” the statement by Malami read.

It will be recalled that President Buhari initially agreed to appear before the lawmakers.

However, after a meeting with the 36 governors on Tuesday, Buhari revealed that he will not be honouring the lawmakers' invitation.

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