President Muhammadu Buhari’s summoning by the Nigerian House of Representatives over insecurity issues in the country was greeted with mixed reactions across the country.
The lower legislative chamber invited Buhari to appear on the floor of the Nigerian parliament on Thursday, December 10, to address a joint session of the National Assembly.
Presidential media aide, Lauretta Onochie in a tweet on Monday, December 7, noted that the president agreed to address the National Assembly on the efforts of his government to address killings, kidnapping, and other forms of lawlessness.
However, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, SAN, said the National Assembly has no constitutional power to summon the president.
According to Malami, the operational use of the armed forces is the prerogative of the president and not subject to debate.
Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) also shared the same view as the minister of justice.
The governors have urged President Buhari not to address members of the National Assembly as the lawmaker may want to use the opportunity to harrass and embarrass the president.
Following Malami’s statement, unconfirmed reports started making the rounds that the Nigerian leader may not appear before the Reps after agreeing to the invitation.
Nigerians, however, took to their social media pages to expressed their concerns over the president honouring the summoning of the House of Reps.