- President Muhammadu Buhari has carpeted his critics over alleged lack of regard for constitution
- Buhari on Thursday, November 21, said in Abuja, that he obeys Nigerian constitution to the letter
- The president made this known when he hosted conference of speakers of state assemblies in Aso Rock
Contrary to the belief that President Muhammadu Buhari is governing the country without any regard for the Nigerian constitution, the number one citizen has carpeted his critics by saying that he tries as much as he can to obey the highest law of the country.
Legit.ng reports that the president said this on Thursday, November 21, when he received speakers of state assemblies at the presidential villa in Abuja.
In a statement issued by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, Buhari said the constitution must be adhered to, or altered to reflect the dynamics and realities of the country.
He said the autonomy of state legislature has been constrained by the constitution.
The president asked the lawmakers to always put the interest of the people first in all deliberations and negotiations.
The statement read: “I try as much as I can to always be loyal and obedient to the constitution so long as it is humanly possible. The 8th National Assembly sometimes kept the budget for seven months. And I had to call the Senate president and the speaker then. I told them by delaying passage of the budget you are not hurting Buhari, but the people.
“We have in the last four years dedicated significant resources to key social services sectors especially in health, education as well as our massive social investment programs. We have also started restoring our infrastructure to levels that this country expects.
“I also want to assure you that we remain committed to ensuring that equity and fairness prevail in governance. I will ensure that we consult your conference to further enhance the positive impact of our interventions across the country.”
In his remarks, the chairman of the conference of speakers, who is also the speaker of the Lagos state House of assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, commended the president for the fight against corruption and insurgency, and efforts to ensure financial autonomy for the legislature and judiciary.
Obasa said the legislatures would be further pleased if the president issues an executive order directing the accountant general of the federation to separate funds for the state legislature and judiciary at source.
The conference of speakers chairman also urged the president to consider supporting the devolution of powers to states on some issues on the exclusive list like railway and the police for more effective governance.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, November 21, told security agencies in the country to attack bandits with merciless intensity until they are crushed and ultimately defeated.
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