President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday, distanced himself from the House of Representatives where he was expected to appear to brief the lawmakers.
The president was summoned by the legislators on December 1,2020, over the country’s collapsing security situation following which the president expressed his willingness to appear before the House
The summon also followed last week’s slaughter of over 43 farmers on a rice farm in Borno State by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
Meanwhile, in a controversial stance, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), had, Wednesday, insisted that the National Assembly lacked the powers to summon the President to speak on security matters, stressing that the president would not honour the invitation.
Malami’s position that the summon is not supported by the constitution was debunked by constitutional lawyers who insisted that the legislative arm were empowered by the law to summon the president.
President Buhari heeding the advice of his appointee, turned his back on the House of Representatives invitation.