Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Senate Supports President Buhari’s Lockdown Of Lagos, Abuja – Despite Been Outside Legal Purview

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The National Assembly and Senate has reacted to President Buhari’s lockdown of Abuja, Ogun State and Lagos State in a bid to curb to the growing rate of the global pandemic with growing cases in the country.
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President Buhari’s State of the Nation Address

Even though President Buhari said his decisions were taken on the back of advice from the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control {NCDC}, and some top lawyers in the country, But just like the PDP who have criticised the president he has been accused of acting outside of his jurisdiction.

Reacting to the controversy that had trailed the presidents’ national address and his order of the lockdown of some states, the Senate’s spokesman, Godiya Akwashiki has said the president obtained legal advice before acting.

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He said;

 “Lagos has been locked down partially since a few days ago. It is not something to worry about. They should allow leaders to make decisions, especially in this type of crisis situation that we are faced with. I want to believe that the President must have consulted well.
“I want to assure you that if it is something that is constitutionally mandatory for the Senate to approve, we said it the other day when we took a break that the leadership had directed all Senators to be on standby in case of any emergency.
“If it needs the attention of the Senate, I want to assure you that for the betterment and safety of our own people, it will be done because that is the primary reason for which we are there.
“We are all working hard to see that we get out of this crisis. So there is no cause for alarm.”

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