The National Assembly of Nigeria which is a gathering of elected representatives of Nigerians were Thursday neglected, demeaned, deregulated and viciously snubbed by the President of the Federal Republic, Rtd Major General Muhammadu Buhari who had publicly agreed to address them on general insecurity in the nation.
These were words of the Legislators who were miffed that the Presidency had demeaned the role in governance and political observers fear this might breed constitutional crises and abort an assumed synergy between the two arms of government.
The House had on December 1, invited Buhari to address them over the issue of security challenges bedeviling the country and the NASS was waiting to receive him.
Reacting, Buhari’s aide, Lauretta Onochie had confirmed that Buhari will today, Thursday, addressed a joint session of the National Assembly
But, the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami had faulted the invitation, saying the lawmakers had no constitutional powers to invite Buhari.
Top constitutional lawyers have put holes in Malami’s assertions saying the constitution empowers the Law Makers to summon the Nations President on any issue and wonder why security which is pivot for the essential existence of the Nation would be an exemption.
Feelers to a purported absence of Buhari was felt Wednesday as protocol that informs NASS workers not to come around on Presidential visitation days for Security to take over was not observed.
However, Buhari was absent as the House of Representatives commenced plenary, on Thursday.
Commenting on Buhari’s absence, a member from Rivers State, Solomon Bob, in a point of order, urged Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila to update the House on the subject matter.
Responding, Gbajabiamila said the House would wait for official communication from the President.
Patmos Media Line learnt that the Legislators were planning to force the leadership of the two chambers to withdraw cooperation and pending promises to the Executive which may affect many things including approval of the National Budget which was promised to be passed before Christmas break.
A source hinted that both Senate President and the Speaker and their Lieutenants would meet to plot a face saving course for the ruling APC.