Political analyst and lawyer, Mr Curtis Adigba, has said that the actions of the National Assembly towards the executive only prove that it wants the President to stop fighting corruption.
He said this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, while analysing the resolutions of the lawmakers on Tuesday.
The National Assembly at an emergency joint session held earlier in the day had reaffirmed its vote of no confidence on the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris, and warned the President over the “systematic harassment and humiliation by the Executive of perceived political opponents”.
Furthermore, it vowed to go tougher in checking the powers of the President and threatened to exercise its constitutional powers if nothing is done to address the resolutions – a development which Mr Adigba believes is merely an attempt to clog the wheels of the anti-graft war.
“I see several demands, but I see just one key demand (which is) Mr President, stop fighting corruption. They said he should make the trial for corruption more equitable,” he stated.
Also, the lawyer said the actions of the lawmakers indicated that “the anti-corruption war will remain divisive” because he believes the nation has yet to define what it corruption truly is.
“What is corruption, depends on the side of the political divide that you belong to,” he added.
Although the National Assembly passed resolutions on the killings in the country and has insisted over time that it is only carrying out its constitutional duties, Mr Adigba believes Tuesday’s decisions were influenced by the friction between the police and the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.
Specifically, he believes it is because of the invitation of the Senate President by the police in connection with the Offa bank robbery.
“The tipping point for this action that they are calling harassment is just because the Police invited the Senate President,” he said.
Mr Adigba, however, maintained that threats by NASS to evoke its powers are not new as it has always exercised those powers by refusing to confirm presidential nominees for various positions, among other issues.
“The National Assembly has always been evoking their constitutional powers. They’ve invoked that power to delay the budget, they have invoked that power to refuse the confirmation of nominees for various positions by the President, the only power left is to impeach the president but that’s not very easy.
“It’s a political process much more than a legal process and there are political thresholds that you must attain,” he said.
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