The House of Representatives has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has the right to hold an opinion about National Assembly members.
Premium Times reports that Abdulrazak Namdas, who is the chairman, house committee on media and public affairs, said this on Wednesday, May 23.
This was reportedly in reaction to quotes credited to the president when he came down hard on the members.
The president reportedly said: “Let anybody come and confront me publicly in the National Assembly. What have they been doing? Some of them have been there for 10 years. What have they been doing?"
Namdas said the president has right to make comments on members.
He said: "We believe that the president can hold an opinion as regards the performance of individual members of the national assembly. In fact, our constituents have been doing just that – members of the National Assembly have been replaced by their constituents as a result of such opinions.
“However, we want to believe that the president was not questioning the role of the National Assembly as an institution of democracy because that will be a worrying sign that our democracy will be in peril.”
On the 2017 budget, Namdas said that it was meant to run for 12 months and that nobody had been short-changed.
“Off course, we had passed this budget earlier, and I can tell that the level of performance will not be here at the moment.
“The budget is a law; even, this 2018 budget that was just passed by the national assembly, we stated clearly that it should run for 12 months. So, even if we had passed the budget earlier than now, it cannot take effect until we amend that aspect of the 12 calendar months.”
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