Buhari Urges Senate To Lift Embargo On Nominees Confirmation
It would be recalled that Senate on July 4, 2017 resolved to suspend all issues relating to confirmation of nominees submitted by the executive over what it termed as a move to reduce its legislative powers.
Senators were irked by comment made by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo that the position of the EFCC chairman does not require the confirmation of the Senate.
As a result of Osinbajo’s remark, the Senate had resolved to suspend confirmation processes for all nominees not specifically mentioned in the 1999 Constitution but provided for in the establishment Acts of several agencies of the federal government such as the CBN, FIRS, NCC, and others.
The senators had said the decision would remain until the issues of confirmation as contained in the Constitution and the laws of the federation were adhered to.
All the same, President Buhari had in October 2017 nominated Aisha Ahmad as a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria to replace Dr. Sarah Alade, who retired from the bank in June.
Buhari, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate) Ita Enang, said the Senate should be aware of the implications of its failure to confirm his nominees.
“The president had submitted as required by law and the confirmations are pending before the legislature.
“We are engaging with the legislature within the law.
“Therefore, we are conscious that the legislature, in particular the Senate, is very responsive and very concerned about the economy.
“And the Senate is also conscious that nothing should be done that will be detrimental to the international image of Nigeria and perception of Nigeria.
“So we are engaging with the legislature particularly the Senate on this and the Senate is very sensitive to the public to what is likely to happen.”
Enang added that the Senate must have been engaged with a number of bills last year and were prioritising issues.
“They are going to attend to it.
“Any matter that is standing as an issue between the executive and the legislature which may be the reason for the embargo, we are going to address it and make sure it is surmounted.
“Therefore, Nigerians should be comfortable that the Senate will answer questions within the law.”
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