The former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Thursday, December 10, described President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to honour the House of Representatives’ invitation for a briefing on the country’s security challenges as a sign of dictatorship.
1st News had reported the President failed to appear at the National Assembly on Thursday; after he made a dramatic U-turn on his earlier agreement with the lawmakers.
In this regard, Fayose via his Twitter handle said Buhari exhibited the sign of “a dictator”; by shunning the invitation extended to him by the House over worsening insecurity in the country.
He wrote: “I said it on December 1, that President Buhari won’t honour the House of Reps’ invitation; on the worsening security situation in the country. Truly he didn’t.
“With a democratically elected president who does not have regard for other arms of government; how else do you describe a dictator?”
Fayose urged those who supported Buhari’s ascension to power in 2015 to “publicly apologise for misleading Nigerians.”
The president had about a fortnight ago met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; and also other principal officers of the lower legislative chamber on the country’s security challenges.
He later agreed to address the lawmakers on Thursday.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Wednesday declared that the president would not address the lawmakers.
He said in a statement that the National Assembly lacked the power to invite President Buhari to speak on security matters.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday, December 10, warned the state governors; to desist from borrowing N17 trillion from the pension funds for infrastructural development.
This was also contained in a statement issued by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who disclosed this at the 47th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria in Abuja.
According to him, the governors have no authority over the funds.
The NLC asked the governors to steer clear of the pension funds; and also warned them against tampering with the money.
1st News had likewise reported last week that the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) endorsed the proposal of the Chairman of the National Economic Council (NEC) Ad hoc Committee, Nasir El-Rufai, to borrow N17trillion from the pension funds for infrastructural development.