President’s Buhari’s plans for an Executive Order suffered a major setback as the House Of Representatives have joined many nigerians in disapproving of the proposed Executive Order.
In an effort to improve the administration’s fight against corruption, the President has sign an Executive Order giving government the power to seize properties of people Suspected to have fraudulently enriched themselves. The problems then arouse on how would the government without judicial pronouncements determine who was guilty or not. Rather it appears such Executive order could be implemented on anyone on mere suspicion without fair hearing or legal process.
Thr development had alarmed both members of the ruling party, APC as well as the opposition who fear of such Executive Order used as a political weapon to witch-hunt or target politicians of opossing view and silence the opposition especially at a time when 2019 election are just around the corner.
Rising from plenary session, Members of the House of Representatives at Wednesday plenary shut down President Muhammad Buhari’s Executive Order by a unanimous voice vote.
President Muhammadu Buhari had last week Thursday signed an Executive Order to improve his administration’s fight against corruption.
The Order is to give his government power to confiscate stolen assets of suspected individuals believed to have richly corrupted themselves via public funds.
However, contributing to a motion sponsored by twenty-five persons and moved by Hon. Nicholas Ossai (Delta State North) on the issue, the lawmakers said that the Order was against the tenets of democracy and rule of law.
According to the House, the President cannot approbate and reprobate unilaterally without the inputs of the legislature and the judiciary which made up the pillars of democracy in the country.
They also said it is the usurpation of legislative powers constitutionally inherent in the National Assembly to make laws for the country