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Mike Ozekhome counters AGF Malami’s statement, says NASS has right to summon President Buhari

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Human Right Activist and constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, has called on President Muhammadu Bihari to appear before the House of Assembly.

He also countered the earlier statement made by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami who said it was unconstitutional for the president to appear before the National Assembly to explain the security state of the country.

Ozhekome’s statement reads:

“I have just read, with angst and trepidation, a statement credited to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, to the effect that the NASS has no power to summon the President over his “operational use of the Armed Forces.

“I am more disturbed with the AGF’s stance because the President has already voluntarily agreed to appear before the NASS

Under sections 217, 218 and 219 of the 1999 Constitution, the President cannot carry out the operational use of the Armed Forces without the NASS concurring or empowering him to do so.

“In fact, under section 219(b), the composition of the Armed Forces of the Federation must reflect the Federal Character of Nigeria, and it is only the NASS that has the powers to make laws regulating how the President as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, carry out the operational use of the Armed Forces.

“There is nothing secret or confidential about the Nigerian security situation, as the AGF want us to believe.

“The entire Governors of the North East, and the entire Northern establishment and elites, including the Sultan of Sokoto, the ACF and the NEF, have all decried the terrible insecurity situation in the North.

“Indeed, the Sultan said, without contradiction, that the North is the most hazardous and perilous place to live in Nigeria today.

“With these, the AGF should never advise Mr. President not to appear before the NASS. It is not only moral and ethical to do so; it is also legally and constitutionally mandatory for Buhari to honour NASS summons.

“President Buhari should go and face the NASS and answer questions why his government has failed Nigerians so abysmally. Buhari should not be protected. He should not be masqueraded. He should not be screened.

“He should face Nigerians, eye-ball-to-eye-ball, and account for his stewardship of nearly six years. It is not only a duty to do so; it is also an obligation he owes the Nigerian People. And this is constitutional. This is also moral. This is also ethical. This is also decent.”

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