You don’t have the power/right to summon Buhari over insecurity – Malami warns National Assembly

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Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation, has said the National Assembly lacks the power to invite the Nigerian leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, to speak on security matters in the country.

On Wednesday, Abubakar Malami (SAN) made this known in a statement titled, ‘Buhari’s Summon: NASS Operates Outside Constitutional Bounds.’

Recall that the House of Representatives led by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, had last week summoned President Muhammadu Buhari over the killing of over 43 farmers in Borno State and insecurity around the country.

Abubakar Malami responded to the Buhari’s summons, saying that security matters remained the exclusive preserve for the executive arm of government.

“As the Commander-in-Chief, the President has exclusivity on security and has confidentiality over security.

“These powers and rights he does not share.

“So, by summoning the President on national security operational matters, the House of Representative operated outside constitutional bounds,” the statement read in part.

Malami also said the Nigerian leader, Muhammadu Buhari, can freely address the National Assembly when he wants, but could not be summoned.

He added: “The right of the President to engage the National Assembly and appear before it is inherently discretionary to the President and not at the behest of the National Assembly.”

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