Nigerians kick over APC, Malami faulting the summon of President Buhari
- Nigerians have expressed their anger over the possibility of President Buhari not appearing before the House of Reps
- The ruling APC and AGF Abubakar Malami had earlier opposed the invitation of the Nigerian leader by the lower House
- Some Twitter users are of the opinion that the National Assembly is meant to understand the limitations of their powers to summon the president
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President Muhammadu Buhari's summoning by the Nigerian House of Representatives over insecurity issues in the country was greeted with mixed reactions across the country.
Legit.ng reports that the green chamber had invited the Nigerian leader to appear on the floor of the Nigerian parliament on Thursday, December 10.
Presidential media aide, Lauretta Onochie in a tweet on Monday, December 7, noted that the president agreed to address the National Assembly on the efforts of his government to address killings, kidnapping, and other forms of lawlessness.
However, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, SAN, said the National Assembly has no constitutional power to summon the president.
According to Malami, the operational use of the armed forces is the prerogative of the president and not subject to debate.
Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) also shared the same view as the minister of justice.
The governors have urged President Buhari not to address members of the National Assembly as the lawmaker may want to use the opportunity to harass and embarrass the president.
Following Malami's statement, unconfirmed reports started making the rounds that the Nigerian leader may not appear before the Reps after agreeing to the invitation.
Nigerians, however, took to their social media pages to expressed their concerns over the president changing his earlier agreement to honour the House of Reps invitation.
Some people believe the House has the power to summon the president to the National Assembly.
Others are waiting for the president to honour the invitation.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Femi Falana (SAN) has cited sections of the constitution that empowers the National Assembly to summon President Buhari.
Falana, in a statement that came as a reaction to Malami's position, insisted that Buhari is under moral and legal obligation to honour NASS' invitation.
The renowned Nigerian lawyer went on to say the president should not embarrass himself by disregarding the invitation.
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