The National Assembly (NASS) – Senate and House of Representatives – are persisting of their season of myth. They proceed to have an over bloated sense of the powers the Constitution confers at the legislature.
Much as it’s the arm of government with probably the most energy, being direct representatives of the folk just just like the President who used to be voted by means of each Nigerian, the dubiousness and sheer ineptitude within the habits in their affairs has made mockery of what the hallowed legislature is supposed to be.
The newest within the errant route selected by means of those other folks paid on public fund is to chasing ghosts as obtrusive within the shabby try to indict the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo of illegally approving N5.nine billion in crisis aid investment. Being the gentleman that he’s, the Vice President took time to handle the lack of awareness of the individuals that cooked up the deceptive record.
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But that they had, in an try to get on the Presidency, aimed additional down the hierarchy at those who solution to the Presidency. The record for example demanded for the sack of the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engineer Mustapha Maihaja.
They introduced a comical viewpoint into their record once they requested that workers of the company that have been suspended after being indicted for corruption be reinstated – that provides a sign into what else motivates them rather than a morbid hatred of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo.
There is an extended checklist of alternative heads of company that the lawmakers have requested the President to sack. Ibrahim Magu of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission involves thoughts similar as Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police. The Service Chiefs have no longer been spared because the lawmakers sooner or later made the call for for his or her sack their raison d’être. They had sooner or later come even decrease to invite for the sack of Jimoh Moshood as spokesperson for the Nigeria Police Force.
In between the use of their oversight serve as as a blackmail instrument to shake down public workplace holders and abusing their sacred workplace to witch hunt President Buhari, they nearly investigated each unmarried head of company searching for a smoking gun to pursue the impeachment realize they by no means get round to drafting.
The most effective particular person to have escaped their angst is the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari.
With the truth that they’re speedy operating wanting choices – the ones they have got investigated refused to play ball – this is a subject of time they are going to examine Aisha Buhari. It shall be attention-grabbing to look what indictment they are going to carry against her.
She could be to blame of being the wife of the president – guilt by means of affiliation. She could be to blame of no longer being flamboyant sufficient; to blame of no longer spending sufficient cash or spending an excessive amount of cash; to blame of no longer supporting her husband sufficient particularly along with her occasional criticisms. Just any accusation will do as far as it goals any person hooked up to the President.
But Aisha Buhari indubitably can not proceed to be the one one but to be investigated by means of a National Assembly that has transform the police and the legislation courtroom along with its statutory position of law-making and oversight serve as.
When the lawmakers are performed investigating her, they are going to of their custom, indict her of anything else they fancy and are available to the inevitable advice that President Buhari will have to sack her before they are going to imagine the 2019 Budget. So just when will the National Assembly ask President Buhari to sack his wife?
It is the development they have got followed. It is the tactic they need to use with NEMA by means of challenging for Maihaja’s sack – this is a subject of time before they pass off the cliff or even ask for Vice President Osinbajo’s sack.
It is an issue of anything else to create distraction for the chief arm.
This obsession proves they’re the problem versus the answer they’re presenting themselves to be. As eloquently articulated in Professor Osinbajo’s reaction to their fictitious record, NEMA used to be in a position to behave within the passion of displaced individuals and crisis sufferers, who would have nearly starved under the process they’re proposing.
Even with the acceleration of the intervention, due procedure used to be nonetheless adopted to make sure that all of the related stakeholders made the enter important. Perhaps those are technicalities that the lawmakers would by no means have the ability to comprehend for so long as they’re fixated on creating wealth and exacting their pound of flesh from the Presidency.
The similar manner President Buhari has regarded past lie mongering to retain the most efficient palms he has on board is the way in which he will have to no longer be drawn into taking knee jerking reactions to the House Report, which might be falling into the entice they consider for him. If he sacks Maihaja the following factor the lawmakers will ask for is the sack of the Vice President and in any case the President himself – all in keeping with the record of an investigation that used to be no longer even transparently held within the open.
Agbese writes from United Kingdom