- Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is currently seeking the Supreme Court to rule on whether the National Assembly has power to inject projects into the budget
- However, as the National Assembly reportedly expresses anger, Debo Adeniran says the legislators have not done Nigeria much good
The executive head of the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), Debo Adeniran, has described the Nigerian Senate as one of the major problems facing the country.
Adeniran also said Acting President Yemi Osinbajo made the right move by seeking the face of the Supreme Court over the disagreement between the executive and National Assembly over the 2017 budget.
The rights activist noted that instead of the National Assembly to be happy with the move by Osinbajo, it has resorted to showing its true character which are exemplified by “corruption, mischief, treachery, constant time-wasting, distractions and inanities.”
NAIJ.com notes that he described these as “the brightest attributes of the eighth National Assembly which have continually put governance in the country in a state of disequilibrium since 2015.
“This is why the NASS cannot be see the significance of the dialectic step taken by the acting president to approach the Supreme Court for judicial clarifications on the unnecessary disagreement over which arm of government has power over the input of projects in the budget between it and the executive.
“The shenanigans in NASS have demonstrated adequately that they prefer media grandstanding and engaging in trivialities/pettiness than to lawfully defend its positions, an attitude that has invariably been fundamentally distractive in nature as far as providing governance is concerned.
“Many melodramatics that have been orchestrated by the present NASS since its inauguration; these includes how they mobilized themselves in embarrassingly large numbers to queue behind an individual that till the moment has not proven his innocence over the corruption charges hanging round his neck.
“The strange term ‘budget-padding’ also came into our national lexicon within the life span of the present NASS and it is the Assembly that have brazenly utilized different crooked means of causing confusion to achieve the bid to shield its members from scrutiny and prosecution over a plethora of corruption cases while tactically escaping the jaws of justice.”
Adeniran noted that corrupt elements are never comfortable with abiding with the rule of law, transparency, public accountability and probity and that is what is fundamental about this alleged unnecessary confusion.
“This may be why the NASS is feeling disgruntled that acting president has sought judicial clarification on the imbroglio, because ordinarily that is the best and quickest option to resolve any confusion over the budget if indeed there is any.
“Those that want to come to equity necessarily must come with clean hands, thus it is in subjecting and submitting themselves absolutely to the constitution of the country that the executive and the legislature can operate legitimately.
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“While the constitution clearly stipulates and provides for separations of powers among the three arms of government to guarantee their individual independence, the buck actually stops at the presidency which resides in the executive arm.
“That reality alone speaks volumes about which arm takes ultimate responsibility in any process of decision making in government and in governance,” he said adding that Osinbajo has made the right decision going to the Supreme Court.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Nigeria’s acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, has slammed the National Assembly accusing the legislators of injecting projects into the 2017 budget.
Osinbajo, who expressed disappointment at the National Assembly members for this alleged act of illegality, said the nation’s lawmakers do not have such rights.
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