- The Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara has reacted to the alleged claim by Osinbajo that the National Assembly lacks powers to alter the appropriation bill
- Dogara said the alleged claim by the acting president has no basis and should not be taken seriously
- He said he believes Osinbajo was widely misquoted by the media in his reaction to the appropriation bill
The Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara has reacted to reports that the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said the National Assembly lacks powers to alter the appropriation bill.
Dogara on Thursday, June 15, while reacting to a matter raised by Lawal Abubakar, a lawmaker from Adamawa state said the alleged claim by the acting president has no basis and should not be taken seriously.
The speaker also said he believes Osinbajo was widely misquoted by the media in his reaction to the appropriation bill.
He said the Nigerian constitution as amended has conferred on the National Assembly powers to consider, review and allocate budget as it is contained in the bills.
Citing sections 59, 80 and 82 of the constitution, Dogara said, the excutive lacked the power to rewrite the constitution.
He said: "Having listened to your point of order on this matter of privilege, I will say that inasmuch as it’s important, we will not be debating it, as we have several issues to attend to today.
“However, I don’t want to believe that the Acting President made those statements as were reported in the publications that you have referred to.
“You will agree with me that there is the principle of separation of powers. The legislature makes the law, the executive executes what the legislature has approved, such as the budget, while the judiciary interprets it."
The speaker noted that without legislative inputs, Nigeria will delve into lawlessness and disorder.
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NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the Nigerian Senate reacting to the statement credited to the Acting President said the appropriation bill is open to consultation and review by the National Assembly.
The Senate President Bukola Saraki also said the Senate will continue to defend the constitution within the provision of powers allocated to it.
He said the statement made by the Acting President could be attributed to the unending disagreement between the executive and the legislature over power of appropriation.
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