Restructuring: Buhari’s hands tied, says Presidency

Posted by News Express | 24 August 2017 | 1,899 times

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The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari cannot force restructuring on the country.

“The President has no power to impose restructuring on the country by military diktat. The National Assembly members are the elected representatives of the people who can handle agitations for restructuring and other constitutional changes,” Mr Garba Shehu said in a statement he signed on Tuesday.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said the President is constitutionally bound to work with the lawmakers to deal with such complex issues, noting that President Buhari would not exercise arbitrary powers or bypass the legislature in taking such fundamental decisions.

He said President Buhari would not exercise arbitrary powers or bypass the legislature in taking such fundamental decisions.

“Changes don’t happen on a whim in a democracy; the ‘immediate effect’ military mentality cannot work under a democratic order.

“Since the President has sworn to defend the Constitution, he would remain faithful to that oath by working with the legislature in taking major decisions on the future of Nigeria’s federal system.”

The presidential aide, however, said while Nigerians are free to express themselves, they should exercise such liberty with restraint and a sense of responsibility.

He said calling President Buhari “an enemy of Nigeria” was extremely in a bad taste, stating that nothing in the President’s service record would justify such “scurrilous language.”

“The country’s parliament is ready and willing to discuss all issues but the pundits are more interested in TV and newspaper headlines, threats don’t work in a democracy.

“Democracy requires planning and proper process. Issues are resolved through established processes, not by abuses, insults or irresponsible statements,” Garba Shehu said.

•Text courtesy of Channels TV.


Source: News Express

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