Insecurity: PDP chairman Secondus blasts Buhari for failing to honour Reps' invitation
- The PDP chairman, Uche Secondus, has expressed concern over the rate of insecurity in Nigeria
- Buhari was to appear before the House of Representatives on Thursday, December 10, but he later cancelled the visit
- Nigerians, however, kicked against what they called the president's disregard for the NASS
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Uche Secondus, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has berated President Muhammadu Buhari for cancelling his scheduled visit to the National Assembly.
The Punch reports that the PDP boss wondered why the president, who is a retired general of the Nigerian Army, could be “afraid” to appear before parliament to discuss the issue of national security.
Legit.ng gathered that Secondus made the statement at a media briefing to commemorate his third year in office, in Abuja, on Thursday, December 10.
“This back and forth from the president on a vital issue as security that is overwhelming our nation underscores our position as an opposition party that nobody is in charge and that this is a broken government.
“Disregarding the nation’s parliament is disregarding the Nigerian people because they are representatives of the people. The truth which is worrisome is that the President either does not know what is happening or does know what to do otherwise he should not be afraid to face the people.”
According to the newspaper, the deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabana, however, said the party aligns with the position of the Attorney General of the Federation on the issue of the House invitation to the president.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a Lagos-based lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) cited sections of the constitution that empowers the National Assembly to summon President Buhari.
It was reported that Falana insisted that President Buhari is under moral and legal obligation to honour NASS' invitation.
He added that sections 88 and 89 of the constitution of NASS is empowered to summon any public officer including the president on issues over which it can make laws on behalf of the country.
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