Newspaper review for Thursday, December 10: Senators, others oppose Buhari’s invitation by Reps
The front pages of major Nigerian print newspapers published on Thursday, December 10, focus on some Nigerians kicking against President Muhammadu Buhari's appearance before the National Assembly and other key issues bothering the nation.
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The Punch newspaper's frontpage story focuses on prominent Senior Advocates of Nigeria and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faulting the claim by the Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami that the National Assembly had no powers to summon President Muhammadu Buhari over the rising insecurity in the country.
Malami in a statement titled, ‘Buhari’s summons: NASS Operates outside constitutional bounds’, on Wednesday, December 9, said security matters remained the exclusive preserve of the executive arm of government and the National Assembly must not forget this.
Malami said the president could freely address the National Assembly whenever he wanted, but could not be summoned to do so.
The Nation newspaper on its front page covers governors, senators, and Malami, opposing President Buhari's appearance before a joint session of the National Assembly to address lawmakers on rising insecurity across the country.
Presidency sources told the newspaper publication that Buhari would abide with his party’s – the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s – advice on the matter.
According to the source, the president is also relying on experts’ advice on constitutional matters by the AGF.
Besides the argument by the party leaders, APC governors and the AGF said such invitation negates the constitution, they said it would be a breach for the president to divulge security strategies.
The Guardian newspaper's frontpage story focuses on Nigerians lamenting over widespread corruption and its devastating effects on the country as the world marks International Anti-Corruption Day.
This year, the theme is ‘United Against Corruption’ focuses on corruption as one of the biggest obstacles to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also aims to raise awareness of corruption and its prevention.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 58/4, which is the United Nations Convention against Corruption on October 31, 2003.
The Assembly also designated December 9 as World Anti-Corruption Day to raise awareness about corruption and role of the Convention in battling and preventing it. The Convention came into force in December 2005.
A new development regarding the bill to increase the number of justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria from 21 to 41 sits on the front page of Nigerian Tribune.
The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, passed through First Reading, a bill which seeks to alter the 1999 Constitution (as amended), Cap. C23, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The bill was sponsored by the chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Hon Onofiok Luke. According to the proponent of the bill, the proposed amendment was aimed to ensure expedite dispensation of justice and hearing and determination of appeals and for related matters.
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The Sun newspaper on its front page covers constitutional lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, saying the National Assembly (NASS) has the constitutional right to be briefed by Buhari over the security situation in the country.
Ozekhome said he wholeheartedly and most vehemently disagree, to the effect that the National Assembly is not constitutionally competent to invite Mr. President to come and address it on national security issues.
He said there is nothing secret or confidential about the Nigeran security situation, as the AGF wants us to believe.
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