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21 May 2017

Don't Sign 2017 Budget - Falana Advises Osinbajo

Human rights activist, Mr.
Femi Falana (SAN), has
advised the Acting President
Yemi Osinbajo not to sign the
2017 budget because it was
illegally increased by the National Assembly.


He also said that President
Muhammadu Buhari is not
competent to sign the
appropriation bill into law
because he is on vacation.

Falana spoke in Ilorin, during
a colloquium organised by the
Movement for Genuine
Change to mark the 50th
anniversary of the creation of
Kwara State. He explained that once Buhari
had transmitted a letter to
the National Assembly that
he was proceeding on
vacation, all presidential
powers had automatically been transferred to Osinbajo
who is now the Acting
President. He stated that until the
President writes another
letter to the federal
parliament at the end of his
vacation, he cannot exercise
the powers of his office.

Falana said, "The President is not competent to sign any bill into law
while he is on vacation. The constitution did not envisage that a
President who is on a vacation and an acting president, who is
standing proxy for him will be exercising presidential powers
simultaneously.
"To that extent, pending the resumption of duties by President Buhari,
the Acting President, Prof. Osinbajo, is competent to sign all bills
validly passed by the NASS.
"If President Buhari did not exercise powers during his vacation even
though he was in the country, why would he want to do so while he is
on medical vacation abroad?
"Instead of dissipating energy over the competence of an appropriation
bill signed
into law by the Acting President, Nigerians should subject the 2017
budget to scrutiny.
"We are therefore calling on the Acting President of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is a professor of law
not to endorse and sign the illegal appropriation bill of 2017 into
law." Falana also explained that the
National Assembly has no constitutional powers to increase the budget
presented by Buhari. He said the legislators erred
constitutionally by increasing
their share of the budget. He also said the debate over
Buhari's medical vacation
should henceforth centre on
the urgent need for the
Federal Government to equip
hospitals across the country. The Senior Advocate of
Nigeria condemned any
attempt to truncate Nigeria's
democracy and urged Buratai
to properly investigate the
coup rumour and prosecute the culprits

Source...THE PUNCH

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