- The president has rejected the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill
- The Bill was sent to the executive through the National Assembly clerk in December
- Sources said it is possible that the president is bowing to security advice not to assent the bill which has faced lots of controversies
President Muhamadu Buhari has rejected the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, Vanguard reports.
Sources said the president is bowing to security advice not to assent the bill which has faced lots of controversies.
The bill approved by the National Assembly was earlier sent to the president in December 2017 through the legislative clerk, Sani Omolori.
However, it was gathered that a 30-day window period which is needed for the president to append his signature on the bill has elapsed.
While this expiration of the window period gives the National Assembly only option of mobilising two thirds of its members to veto the president’s rejection of the bill, a top official at the presidency said the president's decision maybe because there is no need for for an outfit in Nigeria.
The source said: “By implication the bill has been rejected by Mr. President since he did not sign it into law within the stipulated 30 working days. By law, the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill will not fly in Nigeria as the President has not appended his signature to it within the period prescribed by law."
The noted that the NPC must first derive its legality from the Nigerian law before functioning as an entity.
But in his reaction, the spokesperson for the House of Representatives, Abdulrazaq Namdas, said the members would wait patiently for President Muhammadu Buhari to write the NASS on why he would not append his signature to the bill before deciding on what next step.
Namdas said: “But if we wait up to a certain time and the usual excuses we expect of him does not come then the House may take a further action to override the president. If you remember just last week he returned three bills stating the reasons he refused to sign them into law.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the House of Representatives has ordered Peace Corps of Nigeria to take possession of its office.
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The House also gave the police 48 hours to vacate the office, saying it cannot watch the police "mess up" the office of the attorney general of the federation.
The lawmakers also ordered that the inspector general of police and the attorney general of the federation appear before it within the next seven days.
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