Will President Muhammadu Buhari appear today before a joint session of the National Assembly to address lawmakers on rising insecurity across the country?
It is doubtful, going by the opposition of governors, senators and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to the President’s invitation by the House of Representatives.
A Presidency sources told The Nation Wednesday night that Buhari would abide with his party’s – the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s – advice on the matter.
According to the source, the President is also relying on experts’ advice on constitutional matters by the AGF.
“The President’s position is that the party is handling the issue, the leadership of the party is therefore in the best position to tell you where things stand as at the moment,” the source said.
Besides the argument by the party leaders, APC governors and the AGF said such invitation negates the constitution, they said it would be a breach for the President to divulge security strategies.
Citing alleged intelligence confidentiality, some of the governors were also said to be wary that the opposition may use the session to boo and jeer at the President.
They warned against setting bad precedent at the state level where Houses of Assembly will summon them governors at will.
It was gathered that the plot to stop the President from appearing before the lawmakers was hatched at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the APC on Tuesday in Abuja.
A source said some governors and APC leaders accused House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila of not doing enough to halt a motion demanding that the President should address the chamber on the security challenges.