Members of the National Assembly, NASS, have rejected a dinner offered them by President Muhammadu Buhari. The reason they gave is understandable.
President Buhari, being a Muslim, is presently observing the Muslim Ramadan fast. As his routine is, he breaks the fast with top government functionaries.
National Assembly members however, rejected Buhari’s offer for a dinner due to the ongoing feud between, Saraki, Ekweremadu, some staff of NASS and the executive.
Their stance comes on the heels of a resolution by the People’s Democratic Party’s caucus in the National Assembly decided to withdraw their support for president Buhari.
The suite of criminal conspiracy, forgery and other related matters leveled against the Senate president and deputy senate president is currently rocking the legislative arm of government.
The moved, which incensed law makers, was greeted with much vituperations. One very vocal proponenet against the perceived interference of the executive into the legislative arm is Dino Melaye.
During a Senate plenary session, Melaye stated that “My respected colleagues, this very noble Senate observes further, notwithstanding the maturity and nationalistic commitment of the National Assembly to ensure the survival of our democracy.
“The enthronement of order and national development through bipartisan initiatives and support for the executive, there remains a grand design not only to distract the National Assembly but to also intimidate it into silence and enthrone a one man rule.
“My colleagues, Mr. President, this Senate notes also the lack of respect for judicial decisions and the resolutions of the National Assembly by the executive which is beginning to arrogate itself unifying
Unsurprisingly, the Senate has suspended the screening of President Buhari’s ambassadorial nominees. They cited irregularities in their process of selection.
Few hours later, a reliable source informed an online news media, TheCable, that the lawmakers had cancelled their scheduled dinner with the president.
“Due to the crisis in national assembly, lawmakers have refused to honor the break-of-fast dinner with the president today,” the source said.
“They have just cancelled it. He met with ministers yesterday, today was supposed to be with the national assembly, tomorrow will be with judiciary while Friday will be with party chieftains, etc.”