Buhari widens rift with National Assembly, as legislators threatens action over appointees

Buhari widens rift with National Assembly, as legislators threatens action over appointees

President Muhammadu Buhari has widened an extraordinary rift with members of the National Assembly with the legislators threatening action, according to resolution passed Tuesday after a rare joint executive session.
The National Assembly in the resolution sent a warning to the President that the National Assembly will not hesitate to evoke its Constitutional powers if nothing is done to address the resolutions passed today.

The escalating tensions between the executive and legislature endanger delicate negotiations in the coming weeks heading into a crucial election period.

Both chambers of the National Assembly also passed a vote of  confidence on the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the entire leadership of the National Assembly.

” We reaffirm our earlier resolution of vote of no confidence on the Inspector General of Police who does nothing other than preside over the killing of innocent Nigerian and consistent framing up of perceived political opponents of the President and outright disregard for constitutional authority, both executive and legislative.

A vocal member of the House of Representatives, Muhammed Gudaji Kazaure, has raised an alarm that there is a plot to  impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The issue of people collecting signatures to serve a notice of impeachment to the president….we know this is happening in the House, he said.

“But we know nobody can afford to show us the list of people who want to impeach the president. “I tell you nobody can present this list because they cannot get two-third majority.

“Those of us who support the president in the Senate and the House have the numbers. We are strong enough to stop anything called impeachment,” Kazaure added.

Below is the full Resolution at The National Assembly held joint Executive session today Tuesday June 5, 2018.

1. The Security Agencies must be given marching orders to curtail the sustained killings of Nigerians across the country and protect life and properties of Nigerians as this is the primary duty of any responsible Government.

2. The systematic harassment and humiliation by the Executive of perceived political opponents, people with contrary opinions including Legislators and Judiciary by the police and other security agencies must stop.

3. There must be strict adherence to the Rule of Law and protection for all citizens by the President and his appointees.

4. The President must be held accountable for the actions of his appointees and must be ready to sanction those that carry out any act which will ridicule or endanger our country and democracy.

5. The Government should show sincerity in the fight against corruption by not being selective also prosecute current appointees that have cases pending against them.

6. The sanctity of the National Assembly should be protected and preserved the Federal Government of Nigeria by not interfering in its business and prosecuting those who invaded the Senate to seize the mace.

7a. National Assembly should liaise with International Communities through the IPU,  APU,  ECOWAS,  CPA,  Parliament,  Pan African Parliament, EU,  UN,  US congress and UK Parliament to secure our democracy.

b. Democratic elections must be competitive and inclusive by removing the present reign  of fear and intimidation particularly as we approach the forthcoming 2019 elections.

8.    The National Assembly will work closely with Civil Society Organisations, Trade Unions and NGOs to further deepen and protect our democracy

9. The President must take immediate steps to contain the growing level of unemployment and poverty in Nigeria especially now that we have advantage of the oil price having risen to $80 per barrel.

10. Both chambers of the National Assembly hereby pass a vote of   confidence on the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the entire leadership of the National Assembly.

11.   we reaffirm our earlier resolution of vote of no confidence on the Inspector General of Police who does nothing other than preside over the killing of innocent Nigerian and consistent framing up of perceived political opponents of the President and outright disregard for constitutional authority, both executive and legislative.

12.   Finally, the National Assembly will not hesitate to evoke its Constitutional powers if nothing is done to address the above resolutions passed today.

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