House summon: Deputy minority leader faults Malami

House summon: Deputy minority leader faults Malami

- The APC and AGF Abubakar Malami have come under serious attack for faulting Reps invitation to President Buhari

- The tongue-lashing came from the deputy minority leader, Toby Okechukwu

- Okechukwu alleged that both the AGF and the APC are not concerned about the insecurity challenges in Nigeria

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Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), has come under another round of tongue-lashing for his position on the powers of the legislature to summon President Muhammadu Buhari.

Rejecting the AGF's stance, the deputy minority leader, Toby Okechukwu, said it is unfortunate that problems and unnecessary flexing of muscles ensue whenever one arm of government invites the other for dialogue on national issues, Channels TV reports.

Okechukwu pointed to section 89 of the Nigerian constitution which grants the National Assembly the right to invite the president to address Nigerians on pressing matters.

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House summon: Deputy minority leader faults Malami
Deputy minority leader Tby Okechukwu said AGF is airing the views of the APC (Photo: @NigeriaGov)
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The senator, on the flip side, noted that Malami by his views is only voicing the sentiment of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said:

“It is evident from APC’s position as made public by the AGF that the safety of Nigerian citizens would take a back sit in the next few days, while the argument over who is right or wrong unfortunately takes the front seat."

According to him, attempts to prevent Buhari from honouring the REps' invitation goes to show how some highly placed political actors in the ruling party keep placing politics over the security of Nigerians.

"The APC is evidently fiddling with propaganda and politics while Nigeria burns.”

Meanwhile, Femi Falana (SAN) had cited sections of the constitution that empowers the National Assembly to summon President Muhammadu Buhari.

Falana, in a statement that came as a reaction to Malami's position, Falana insisted that President Buhari is under moral and legal obligation to honour NASS' invitation.

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The renowned Nigerian lawyer went on by saying that the president should not embarrass himself by disregarding the invitation.

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