Tension As Buhari Sends Dangerous Signal, Abandons Saraki, Dogara

By Amako Nneji October 18, 2016 08:57

Tension As Buhari Sends Dangerous Signal, Abandons Saraki, Dogara

The Presidency, is set for a clash with the leadership of the National Assembly, as President Muhammadu Buhari, is yet to honour an invitation extended to him, over the current economic recession.

According to the House of Representatives, the Lawmakers are awaiting Buhari’s response to the National Assembly’s invitation, to address them on the state of the economy.

Recall, that the House of Representatives had recently constituted a special Ad-hoc Committee, to liaise with the Senate, with a view to inviting Buhari to brief a joint session of the National Assembly, on the current economic downturn.

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The resolution was passed following a motion sponsored by Honourable Mukaila Olayiwola Kazzim, an All Progressives Congress, APC, Lawmaker, from Ogun State, in which about 30 members contributed to the debate.

Apart from inviting the President to brief the National Assembly on the state of the economy, the House also urged the Executive arm, to mandate the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Ministry of Finance, and the National Planning Commission, to review the existing monetary policy, with a view to developing sustainable lending rates, and the right environment that would foster real sector growth, to enhance economic development.

The Senate, later unanimously passed a motion in concurrence with the House of Representatives, to invite the President, to brief a joint session of the National Assembly.

Only on Sunday, did the Presidency, through its Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, confirm that Buhari had received the invitation.

However, the Chairman, House Committee on Rules/Business, Honourable Orker Jev, said the Legislature had played its part, by inviting the President.

He explained that the next step was for the President to respond, by requesting a date on which he would appear.

Honourable Jev, added that, on the part of the Legislature, the Lawmakers were ready to receive him.

He said, “The resolution was passed and forwarded to the President.

“There has been no reply to the best of my knowledge. He will write us to state when he will come to the National Assembly.

“We are waiting. That will be Mr. President’s decision. We are ever ready to have the President come to speak on the state of the economy.”