President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, May 22, granted financial autonomy to the legislature and judiciary across the 36 states of the country.
Meanwhile, Buhari granted the autonomy after he signed the Executive Order No. 10 of 2020; for the implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State judiciary Order at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
This was disclosed via the President’s Twitter handle.
Further, Buhari stated his administration would continue to do everything to strengthen the principles and practice of democracy in Nigeria.
Specifically, Buhari tweeted: “Based on the power vested in me under Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution (as Amended); I, today, signed into law Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary.”
Based on the power vested in me under Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution (as Amended), I, today, signed into law Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) May 22, 2020
Also confirming the development, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said the implementation of financial autonomy of the State Legislature and State Judiciary would strengthen the institutions at the state tier of government. Further, he noted that it would make them more independent and accountable; in line with the tenets of democracy as enshrined by the 1999 Constitution.
Meanwhile, an Igbo social-cultural pressure group, Igbo National Council (INC) has given a twenty-day ultimatum to almajirai that have in the past few weeks moved into the southeast zone; from their various abodes in the north.
Equally important, this was contained in a statement issued on Thursday, May 21. In fact, the statement was signed by the group’s national president, Chilos Godsent, in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Meanwhile, Godsent claimed that the almajirai might also be terrorists in disguise; who have flooded the Igbo land to cause havoc.
He said “The Igbo National Council is very worried about the hidden motive of this clandestine movement of suspected trained jihadist militants; mercenaries; and ammunitions into Southern Nigeria at this period of our existence.
“May we use this medium to sound a note of warning to the sponsors of this project; the suspected militant terrorists; and these Mercenaries to have a rethink as they will be surprised at the level of resistance they will face.