The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki on Sunday said the Nigerian youths have capacities to match their counterparts in other parts of the world if given the opportunity.
Saraki said this at Yikpata, Kwara state orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) where he added that “most of you will shine if we give you that opportunity; we shall do everything to ensure that your future is bright.”
Saraki had visited the NYSC orientation camp to commiserate with corps members over the death of one of them, Miss Hilda Amadi Ichechukwu who died from complication arriving from accident she had during a man-o-war drilling.
After inspecting facilities in the camp, Senate President promised to contribute to the renovation of facilities there.
Saraki who is not satisfied with the state of the camp, said there was a definite need for government to improve upon the medical and other facilities in the camp.
While lamenting the demise of the corps member, Saraki said the Nigerian youth can match their counterparts anywhere in the world in terms of creativity and government must do everything to ensure they fulfil their dreams
I was assaulted over call for Buhari impeachment – Sen Uroghide
Senator Matthew Uroghide has alleged that he was molested and humiliated by supporters of APC at the Benin Airport, on Friday, over his motion on President Buhari’s impeachment during plenary.
The PDP senator representing Edo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly made the allegation while addressing journalists at the weekend, in Benin
“They have promised to deal with me. If not for the state Commissioner of Police, I don’t know what would have happened. I obeyed the police commissioner by staying where I was until the governor came. We were walking side by side talking when a boy hit my head and the governor walked away,” he said.
He said he would seek redress in court and also furnish the Senate with information on how he was molested, humiliated and being crucified over what he said during plenary.
N/Assembly lacks powers to summon Buhari – Lawyers
Some senior lawyers in the country said the National Assembly lacks powers to summon President Muhammadu Buhari over the anticipatory spending of $496 million for the purchase of fighter jets.
Both chambers of the National Assembly had last week accused the President of withdrawing the sum from the Federation Accounts, without its approval as provided by the Constitution.
Constitutional lawyer, Ben Nwabueze (SAN) yesterday said though President Buhari erred in not getting the approval of the lawmakers before paying for the Tucano aircraft, he is not one of those that could be summoned by the National Assembly as provided for in Section 89 (1) (c)of the Constitution.
Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) said the although Section 89（1）of the Constitution empowers both the Senate and House of Representatives or any committees to summon any person to give evidence at any place or produce any document or other thing in his possession, the categories of persons contemplated by that section must be those against whom a warrant can be issued to compel their attendance if they failed to do so.
“Under Section 308 (1)(b) of the Constitution, the President enjoys immunity from any Criminal or Civil Process by reason of which he cannot be arrested or imprisoned during his period of office in pursuance of the process of any court or otherwise. The latter expression – ‘otherwise’ covers the process of the National Assembly,” he said.
“The law does not normally give a power that cannot be enforced. In so far as the President cannot be arrested for refusal to obey a summons issued by the House of Representatives, it would not serve any legal purpose to issue a summons that cannot be enforced.”
Also, Emeka Etiaba (SAN) said the National Assembly is constitutionally empowered to summon anyone, but not the president, adding that he has ministers and other appointees, who ought to answer to any questions.
“But they cannot do that to the President except for the purpose of addressing the two chambers of the National Assembly on the state of the nation, not to answer questions,” he said.
Section 89 (1c-d) provides that …the Senate or the House of Reps shall have power to “(c) summon any person in Nigeria to give evidence at any place or produce any document or other thing in his possession or under his control, and examine him as a witness and require him to produce any document or other thing in his possession or under his control, subject to all just exceptions; and
(d) issue a warrant to compel the attendance of any person who, after having been summoned to attend, fails, refuses or neglects to do so and does not excuse such failure, refusal or neglect to the satisfaction of the House or the committee in question, and order him to pay all costs which may have been occasioned in compelling his attendance or by reason of his failure, refusal or neglect to obey the summons, and also to impose such fine as may be prescribed for any such failure, refused or neglect; and any fine so imposed shall be recoverable in the same manner as a fine imposed by a court of law.”