Insecurity: Sagay adds his voice, says Buhari shouldn’t appear before Reps
Prof Itse Sagay, the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, has supported the position expressed by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, that the House of Representatives cannot invite the President, Muhammadu Buhari, to appear before it.
According to Sagay, it was ambitious for the lawmakers to “summon” the President, adding that it was against protocol for the National Assembly to invite the leader of the country.
Recall that the House of Representatives had on December 1 passed a resolution that the President should be invited to address them over the security situation in the country. The Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, who visited the Presidential Villa on December 2 to convey the resolution to the President, told State House Correspondents that the President agreed to appear before them.
However, just hours before the expected appearance of the President to face the lawmakers, Malami said the House of Representatives operated outside its constitutional bounds, a view that has attracted diverse views from lawyers.
But speaking in a telephone interview with a correspondent on Thursday, Sagay said, “In my view, the NASS cannot compel the President to come and address them. I agree with the view of the AGF, although the reasons he gave are not the appropriate reasons. The constitution has clearly stated the circumstances in which public officers can be invited.
“The only time the President is expected to come to the National Assembly is when he is presenting budget, there is no other provision anywhere, which requires him to go to the National Assembly.
https://frontend.1worldonline.com/widget/smart3-33f808b4.html#!/widget/9b0ba25c-5faa-433c-af72-a94897eb2780&type=widget&code=9b0ba25c-5faa-433c-af72-a94897eb2780&mode=smart3&token=9b0ba25c-5faa-433c-af72-a94897eb2780-1&location=https%3A%2F%2Fpunchng.com%2Finsecurity-sagay-backs-malami-says-buhari-shouldnt-appear-before-reps%2F about:blank “One other point people seem to forget is that the President wears two caps; he’s the head of the executive and he’s the head of state. Protocols demand that you cannot summon the head of state; he’s above everybody.
“He is the number one in the country, so it is very ambitious for any group of persons, whether the National Assembly or not, to in effect compel him to come there without his wanting to come.”
When reminded that the President was invited and not summoned and that he had earlier agreed to appear, Sagay added, “Yes, if I accept your invitation, I can change my mind, so I don’t see anything wrong in that, particularly as I suspect that it was going to be an invitation for the Peoples Democratic Party lawmakers to embarrass him.
“So I entirely agree with Malami, whether under the constitution or under what is sensible to do under the circumstances; the President should not go, he is not obliged to go and he should refuse to go.”