Again, Presidency Explains Why Buhari Won’t Intervene In NASS Crisis
The Presidency has nce again explained why President Muhammadu Buhari would not intervene in the lingering crisis rocking the National Assembly, citing separation of powers as reason for that.
Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, said this yesterday amidst concerns in some quarters that the president should intervene in resolving the National Assembly crisis.
President Buhari had come under pressure from many quarters for his apparent docility amid the lingering face-off in the National Assembly and his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, accusing him of not being assertive.
Adesina said Buhari had since chosen to give recourse to the Constitution of the land and the principle of separation of power on which Nigeria bases its federalism.
Adesina said Buhari’s intervention would portray him as a “dictator or a despot” which he said runs at variance with democratic ethos and values.
He said: “How do you become assertive when there is separation of powers? There is separation of powers between the executive and the legislature. The legislature is an entity on its own. The executive does not superintend over the legislature.
“So, you can’t be assertive over a place you do not supervise. So, I think to ask the President to be assertive over the legislature is to ask him to be a despot. It is to ask him to become a dictator and this President will not do that.”
Reminded that the President could approach the matter using the cover of APC as a family to dispute, Adesina said the President had already been involved in the peace process, stressing that he would not lord it over the members to take advice.
He was, however, optimistic that the crisis would not escalate any further than it already had.
He said: “Don’t forget that, yes, he is the President of the country and he emerged on the platform of the APC. So, it is in that spirit that he attended the NEC meeting last Friday at the party secretariat. He also said when they called the BoT meeting, he will attend. But he cannot go and lord anything over them. He cannot.
“He also emerged on the platform of that party. The party is bigger than everyone. That’s what is meant by party supremacy. So, party supremacy does not even allow him to lord it over anybody. He can only be part of a process to sort out whatever logjam, whatever impasse they have.
“How can it further escalate than what we have now? Can it further escalate than what we have now? I don’t see that. The President is involved already because he has been meeting with various interest groups but he will not do beyond that. He is not going to ram anything into anybody’s throat because that will not be consistent with democratic ethos. He wouldn’t do that.”