The chairman of the senate committee on information and public affairs, Eyinnaya Abaribe has said that the Supreme Court cannot stop the national assembly from performing its role of amending the constitution. He said this in reaction to the order of the supreme court that status quo be maintained on the crisis of constitution amendment between the Executive and the national assembly.
President Jonathan had earlier gone to the supreme court for an interpretation of the limitations of the powers of the national assembly after refusing to accent to the amendment of the constitution. The president had hinged his refusal to accent to the 4th alteration bill of the 1999 constitution on the fact that the amendment had virtually stripped him of his powers.
Abaribe said that the ‘supreme court is wrong. The law does not allow one arm of the government to stop another arm of government from performing its duties. The Supreme Court cannot stop us from legislating and if they say that the Supreme Court is stopping us from making laws, it is misleading and it amounts to misreading the powers of the Supreme Court.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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