The deputy minority leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Toby Okechukwu, has advised the ruling party APC, to stop playing with propaganda while the country is “burning”.
He made this assertion in reaction to a statement by Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF).
You would recall that the attorney general of the federation, had said that the national assembly has no constitutional power to summon the President.
Hon Okechukwu, drew Malami’s attention to section 89 (1) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
He stated that the section clearly empowers the senate or the house of representatives or a committee appointed in accordance with section 62 of the constitution to procure evidence, written or oral and to ‘summon any person in Nigeria to give evidence at any place,”
He further stated that “Therefore the attempt to pressurise Mr. President not to appear clearly shows that some highly placed political actors in the ruling party are placing politics over the protection of lives of Nigerians.”
“The APC is evidently fiddling with propaganda and politics while Nigeria burns.”
“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.”
Okechukwu said “the president should rise above the legalese and political fray and show leadership in putting an end to insecurity in the country’.
You would also recall that the house had summoned the president over the rising insecurity in the country. The appearance was scheduled for 10th December, 2020.