Senator Proffers Recipes To End Executive-Legislature Face-Off

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Buhari, Saraki, Dogara

The senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district has proffered seven recipes to end the current executive-legislature face-off, urging the Presidency to stop using state apparatus to attack and intimidate members of the National Assembly, NASS.

Senator Shehu Sani said this remains the only way the longstanding feud between the Executive and Legislature can be resolved.

Sani, who made his proposal in a Facebook post, entitled ”Immediate recipe for peace between the Presidency and the Parliament,” identified at least seven quick tasks to be undertaken by the concerned arms of government.

He asked the Presidency to prevail on its appointees to respect summons of the National Assembly.

“The Presidency must end the systematic demonisation of the leadership and members of the parliament;

“End the use of state apparatus to hunt, frame, intimidate and persecute legislators; end political trials, compel President’s appointees to honour and respect summons and accord the Senate president and speaker House of Representatives their due respect,” he wrote.

On the part of the National Assembly, Senator Sani asked the legislators to pace up passage of executive bills, confirm the President’s nominees and accord him more respect.

He said, “The Parliament should confirm pending President’s nominees, liquidate the thought and proposals for impeachment, speed up the passage of executive bills and accord the President the respect he deserves as our Leader.”

The senator enjoined the Presidency to halt sponsorship of protests against the National Assembly, saying “last note, the Presidency should end the sponsorship of synthetic protests and the Parliament should ceasefire on the launching of verbal cruise missiles to the villa.”

Since inauguration, the National Assembly, especially the Senate, has been at loggerheads with the Presidency and its appointees.

The feud was aggravated with the Senate’s rejection of Ibrahim Magu’s nomination as the chairman of EFCC. The Senate thereafter suspended the confirmation of major appointments made by the president for his insistence on Mr Magu.

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Proposed heads for crucial agencies like the ICPC and the CCB are yet to be confirmed by the Senate several months after they were sent by the presidency.

Also recently, Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police thrice rejected summons to appear before the Senate. The lawmakers after the third snub branded him an enemy of democracy and unfit to hold any public office.