- The presidency says President Buhari can only respond to NASS invite when the proper means of communication is utilized
- According to Garba Shehu, there is a channel of communication between the Presidency and the National Assembly in which the latter hasn't utilized
The presidency has given condition for the appearance of President Muhammadu Buhari before the National Assembly.
This comes hours after the Senate had in agreement with the House of Representatives summoned Buhari on issues bothering on the dwindling economy.
However, Mallam Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on Media and Publicity, President Buhari has not been summoned through the established channels of communication.
Speaking with Vanguard, Shehu said that there were formal channels of communication between the presidency and the National Assembly, and that Buhari can only respond to NASS invite when it utilized the proper means of communication.
He said: “There is a channel of communication between the Presidency and the National Assembly which we utilize. So, if they communicate to us through those channels, then the presidency will reply.
“But as it is now, it remains a newspaper report and newspaper is not a means of communication for the presidency. When they communicate, the presidency will also communicate back.”
Figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) last month showed that Nigeria had officially gone into recession.
This was the first time it is happening in 29 years, as the NBS figures showed that in the gross domestic product (GDP) for the second quarter of 2016, Nigeria’s economy contracted by 2.06%.
The NBS figure further showed that in the first quarter of 2016, the country’s economy shrank by 0.36% to hit its lowest point in 25 years. The second quarter report makes the country’s economy the worst in three decades.
The report also quoted a World Bank data as revealing that the last time Nigeria had such level of economic decline was under the regime of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.