Falana advises Buhari to appear before NASS
An Abuja based Human Right Lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana has advised President Muhammadu Buhari against embarrassing himself by turning down the invitation to address the National Assembly over issues of ongoing insecurity in the country.
Falana said this in response to the remarks by Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), saying that the National Assembly has no right to summon Buhari.
Reacting to Malami’s claim, Falana reiterated that the National Assembly has the power to summon the President.
Malami had explained that security issue was on the exclusive list of the Executive, therefore, National Assembly has no right to summon the President on such.
Falani, issuing a statement said, “On his own part, the honourable Attorney-General of the federation has questioned the constitutional power of the National Assembly to invite the President on the grounds that as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, he cannot be compelled to disclose operational details of the defence of the country.
“With respect, the President is under a moral and legal obligation to honour the invitation.
“Having accepted the invitation, the president should not allow himself to be embarrassed by turning round to turn down the invitation.”
Buhari was billed to appear before the lawmakers today Thursday.