“Apart from despising a good chance of meeting the people’s assembly, it is indeed very disturbing that the president is rarely seen publicly outside of Aso Rock forte. Even when it matters most such as the gruesome killing of dozens of rice farmers in Borno State, he sat tight in Abuja preferring to send a delegation to commiserate with the bereaved people of the state”

For days now, aides of President Muhammadu Buhari have been deploying conventional and unconventional means to explain to Nigerians that it is needless for the president to honor the invitation by the National Assembly, particularly the House of Representatives to answer fundamental questions on the state of insecurity in Nigeria.
The Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Shehu Garba, was widely quoted as saying that the invitation or summon by the House that the president should appear before it was unimportant and therefore not needed.
Next was the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who described as unconstitutional the right of Honourable Members or Senators to summon the president saying that if the president chooses to engage NASS on the state of insecurity or any other issues, it is strictly at his discretion.
Mr. Malami also added that another reason which makes it impossible for the president to appear before Reps is that “The confidentiality of strategies employed by the President as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not open for public exposure, in view of security implications and not to undermine the war against terror.
“The fact that President Muhammadu Buhari was instrumental to the reclaiming of over 14 local governments previously controlled by Boko Haram in the North-East is an open secret, the strategies for such achievement are not open for public expose”, he stated in a statement he personally signed in Abuja and made available to the press.
Lawyers are sharply divided between the constitutional confusion introduced into or the president to honour the invitation by the National Assembly, particularly the House of Representatives to answer fundamental questions on the state of insecurity in Nigeria.
The Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Shehu Garba, was widely quoted as saying that the invitation or summon by the House that the president should appear before it was unimportant and therefore not needed.
Next was the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who described as unconstitutional the right of Honourable Members or Senators to summon the president saying that if the president chooses to engage NASS on the state of insecurity or any other issues, it is strictly at his discretion.
Mr. Malami also added that another reason which makes it impossible for the president to appear before Reps is that “The confidentiality of strategies employed by the President as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not open for public exposure, in view of security implications and not to undermine the war against terror.
“The fact that President Muhammadu Buhari was instrumental to the reclaiming of over 14 local governments previously controlled by Boko Haram in the North-East is an open secret, the strategies for such achievement are not open for public expose”, he stated in a statement he personally signed in Abuja and made available to the press.
Lawyers are sharply divided on the constitutional confusion introduced into this matter by the Minister of Justice. But besides the legal aspects of the invitation, the undue politicization of this legislative invitation has further messed up the image of the present administration. It means it has nothing to say, or it has something to hide or it is afraid of opening cans of warms on its widely acclaimed failure on national security.
Why shouldn’t the president honour democracy’s highest and most revered institution when the highest national interest is greatly at stake? Why shouldn’t the president honour or respect the citizens’ assembly, the only institution that represents all Nigerians and speaks for same at a critical time the citizens feel insecure as a result of a seemingly unquenchable fire stocked up by insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, etc?
The president indeed missed a golden opportunity to meet Nigerians face to face through their elected representatives to let them know the situation on the ground and for him to feel the pulse of the people.
Apart from despising a good chance of meeting the people’s assembly, it is indeed very disturbing that the president is rarely seen publicly outside of Aso Rock forte. Even when it matters most such as the gruesome killing of dozens of rice farmers in Borno State, he sat tight in Abuja preferring to send a delegation to commiserate with the bereaved people of the state.
This is truly not a good omen for a troubled and staggering country like ours. This is too precarious to our democracy, peace, unity and progress of this country and should not be encouraged. This government needs to change its approach to governance for the sake of history and posterity.