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Why national interest higher than national security - Momoh

Why national interest higher than national security - Momoh

- Former minister of information and culture, Tony Momoh, declared that national interest is superior to national security

- Momoh said the national interest is part of chapter two of Nigerian constitution

- He maintained that the constitution is about the fundamental objectives of the government

Former minister of information and culture, Tony Momoh, has spoken on the national security and the national interest of Nigeria.

Vanguard reports that the national interest is part of chapter two of Nigerian constitution and it is about the fundamental objectives.

Momoh also said the fundamental objectives are the areas of focus of any government social, political, economic, educational, cultural, foreign policy and environmental.

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He said:''The argument is based mainly on ignorance. It is a question of facts. The thing is, what is national security and national interest? The one assigned to look after national security are the security agencies and the whole population.

''The argument is based mainly on ignorance. It is a question of facts. The thing is, what is national security and national interest? The one assigned to look after national security are the security agencies and the whole population.

''National interest is superior to national security. National security is an aspect of national interest of a nation.

''The national interest of Nigeria is in chapter two of the constitution. It is about the fundamental objectives and directive principles of state policy and it settles what national interest is.

''Those are the areas of focus of any government social, political, economic, educational, cultural, foreign policy and environmental. So important are these areas of focus that the people who embraced them pay all organs to ensure their enforcement.

''It is the media. So, when you see lawyers taking over your area of monitoring and you support them, then you are ignorant. All over the world, the courts adjudicate on any issue but in Nigeria, the courts are limited in their adjudication and they are limited in two areas constitutionally.

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''They cannot look into what the military did between 1966 and 1999 when they left. In the area of lawmaking, if you go there, the courts will tell you they have no power. It is there in the Constitution, Section 6(6)(D).

''Section 6 deals with judicial powers and judicial powers are settled but they said in exercise of these judicial powers, courts cannot look into what the military did in 1966 when they first came and what they last did in 1999.

''If you go to court and say all those who have plotted coups should be punished, the courts would say they do not have the powers.''

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a former information minister, Tony Momoh, accused former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Nuhu Ribadu, founding chairman of the EFCC, of destroying Nigeria’s democracy.

Momoh said the duo did this by barring certain politicians from participating in the 2007 general elections without recourse to the rule of law.

The former minister as saying Ribadu breached the EFCC act which stipulates that he should charge alleged corrupt persons to court after completing his investigations.

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Source: Legit.ng

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