Federal government declares President Buhari’s invitation to the Senate illegal

Abubakar Malami

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), says the National Assembly lacks the power to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to speak on security matters.

Malami, who is also the Minister of Justice, said this in a statement titled, ‘Buhari’s Summon: NASS Operates Outside Constitutional Bounds’.

The House of Representatives led by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, had last week invited Buhari over the rising insecurity and the killing of over 43 farmers in Borno State.

An aide to the President, Lauretta Onochie, had also revealed that Buhari would appear before a joint session of the National Assembly today.

However, reports began to filter in yesterday that the President had decided not to attend the meeting any longer.

The AGF said security matters remained the exclusive preserve of the executive arm of government and the National Assembly must not forget that.