Buhari Not Behind Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Travails – Presidency Tells NASS | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe


Buhari Not Behind Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Travails – Presidency Tells NASS

Posted: Jun 25, 2016 at 6:28 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

Innocent Oweh

ABUJA – The Presidency has reacted to allegations emanating from the National Assembly that it was behind its travails, cautioning the Senate leadership not to rope it in matters that has already been clearly mapped out by the constitution.

According to the Presidency, the executive cannot stoop low to meddle in the activities of the legislature, when the three arms of government ought to be independent of one another.

Recall that the Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu were allegedly fingered to have forged the Senate rules prior to the inauguration of the Senate on June 9, 2015, for which the Upper legislative chamber has been battling to exonerate itself.

The National Assembly had however pointed accusations on the presidency as being behind the forgery allegation, a development that may have also strained relationship between both arms of government.

But in an exclusive chat with Independent, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the NASS leadership should trace their travails to a different source other than the executive.
“They are independent arms,the judiciary is independent,the legislature is independent of the executive,so if they are independent,how can one be behind the travails of another.
“It doesn’t add up.

If you know this President you will know that this President plays by the rules strictly,so he will not have anything to do with undermining any other independent arm of government,not this President.

“They can source their troubles to some where else, if they have any troubles but not this President.

“They are purely independent bodies, they just relate within the ambit of the law and constitution and I have no cause to believe that there is anything wrong with the relationship”.

Saraki is also facing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for false declaration of asset while he was governor of Kwara state.

Despite his political travails he still enjoys the support of majority of Senators in the upper legislative chambers.
The Presidency also carpeted the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan,saying it failed to honor most of the Memorandum of Understandings it entered with foreign countries by making provisions for counterpart funds.

Adesina noted President Buhari attracted investment in excess of about $6billion dollars during its recent trip to China and that efforts were on to provide counterpart funds to kick-start such investments.

“We came back from China with potential investments in excess of about $6billion dollars and it is work in progress now, because its a process.

“We have signed the Memorandum of Understandings and we must come up with counterpart funding which was what the Jonathan administration did not do,they signed most of the MOUs but they didn’t do their own part of it.

“This government, despite the paucity of funds will do its part,as soon as we provide the counterpart funding and China does its part those projects will come on stream,”the President’s aide said.

Comments (1)

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 10:39 pm YomiAde1

    Don’t mind them president Buhari, Some people still don’t understand 3 branches of government in democracy system.
    For example, some will blame you if the police stop them for traffic ticket. Do not waste your time on them. This is your friend: AKA: “To Keep Nigeria One is a Task That Must Be Done.”
    Please, focus on tugs calling themselves Militians in Nigeria. Worriless about the Senator, but keep focus on your people: Nigerians: People is over any Senate president. Thanks.

Comments are closed.