Financial autonomy: Buhari finally bows to pressures, postpones publication of executive order 10

Financial autonomy: Buhari finally bows to pressures, postpones publication of executive order 10

- President Muhammadu has postponed the publication of the executive order 10 in the official gazette

- The executive order 10 has caused controversy among the presidency and the NGF

- Buhari had signed executive order 10 to grant financial autonomy for the state legislature

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Following the pressures from different quarters, especially from the Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF) over the financial autonomy for the legislative arm of government, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the suspension of the publication of the Executive Order 10 in the federal government’s official gazette.

The Nation reports that the publication would have signalled the commencement of the application of the order by affected parties. gathered that the newspaper said that senior officials at the federal ministry of justice (the ministry responsible for such publications) that the publication was scheduled for this week.

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It was learnt that the president agreed to a postponement of the publication until after adequate consultations among stakeholders when he met with a team from the NGF led by its chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state.

The report said that members of the NGF confirmed the postponement at their 10th teleconference on COVID -19 held on Wednesday, June 9.

Financial autonomy: Buhari finally bows to pressures, postpones publication of executive order 10

Nigerian governors in Aso Villa during their visit to President Muhammadu Buhari. Credit: Facebook/Femi Adesina.
Source: UGC

The governors resolved at the meeting to congratulate the president “for the decision to postpone the formal publication of the Executive Order 10 of 2020 in the official gazette to enable further consultations among all stakeholders.”

The governors disclosed, in a communique issued at the end of the meeting, the NGF has constituted a committee, led by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state to continue meeting with representatives “of the conference of speakers and other stakeholders to work out modalities for resolving all concerns regarding Executive Order 10 amicably.”

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that on Tuesday, June 9, it became clear that the federal government was not ready to bow down to the pressure from governors over financial autonomy for the state legislature and judiciary.

It was reported that the federal government had given hints on the possibility of retracing its decision after meeting with the governors through their Governor Fayemi.

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But in a subsequent move, Abubakar Malami, who is the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice said there is no going back on the executive order 10 granting approval for the autonomy.

The minister said the governors have accepted the principle of separation of power among all the tiers of government.

He said presidency and the states governors will fashion out the modalities of implementing the directives which will see the budge of the other two arms submitted separately henceforth.

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Malami explained that contrary to the speculation, the governors did not halt the implementation of the order. He said the executive order will help entrench the principle of democracy till the grassroots.

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