Buhari must stop undermining the legislature – Saraki

By Post Nigeria November 26, 2015 16:03

Buhari must stop undermining the legislature – Saraki

The Senate has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to desist from usurping the powers of the National Assembly in his appointments, warning that the tradition of allowing appointees to assume roles before Senate confirmation should be jettisoned in the interest of the Rule of law.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu gave this caution during Wednesday’s plenary and confirmation of the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Umaru Garba Danbatta, who has since assumed office without due consideration to his confirmation.

“He has been working without being confirmed, this Senate will no longer tolerate that.

“The President will do us the honor of getting the approval of the Senate.

Buhari had on August 4, deliberately appointed Danbatta without recourse to the Senate’s confirmation, however few days after his appointment he had since taken over duties at the NCC, an act which contravenes the constitution.

The Senate thus blamed Buhari for condoning such illegalities hinting that such acts amounted to total disrespect of the legislature.

Ekweremadu urged Buhari’s appointees to give due respect to the Senate by waiting for their confirmations before assuming duty.

Reacting to this anomaly, Deputy Minority Whip, Biodun Olujimi emphasized the role of the Senate in the confirmation of Buhari’s appointees for various positions. She added that no ought to assume duties without due consideration from the House.

“The Senate should be honored when we have cases like this they should be cleared here before they resume duty.”

While ruling on the confirmations, Senate President, Bukola Saraki concurred with observations made by his colleagues. He warned the executive against giving leverage to unconfirmed appointees to assume duties adding that it wouldnot be tolerated any further.

“The executive should ensure that the nominees come for confirmation before assumptions of duty,” Saraki stated.

Ahmed Lawan Kuru, Kola Ayeye, Eberechukwu Fortunate Uneze and Aminu Ismail were also confirmed as Managing Director and Executive directors of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON respectively.