The Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Toby Okechukwu, has called out the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for claiming the National Assembly does not have the power to summon President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that the Minister in a statement noted that the lawmakers lack the power to summon Buhari to appear before the house on the rising insecurity in the country.
Okechukwu while reacting to the development blamed some political office holders in the All Progressives Congress for pressuring the President not to appear before the lawmakers.
He said: “Without making undue efforts to win an argument, Section 89 (1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended 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.
“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.”
The lawmaker further stated that the AGF is only airing the position of the ruling party on the issue.