Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Maku apologises to Senate

Maku  apologises to Senate

Minister of Information, Labarn Maku, on Tuesday recanted an earlier comment that resolutions of the senate was merely advisory and not binding on the executive                                                                                                                                                            Speaking while appearing before the Senate Committee on Information and Media, the minister said he made the statement last week under pressure from journalists at a press conference in Abuja.
At the said press conference, Maku had been pressed for comments on the resolutions of both arms of the National Assembly, asking President Goodluck Jonathan to drop the proposed N5000 note and conversion of N5, N10 and N20 to coins
Maku had responded by saying that the National Assembly could not dictate to President Jonathan.
However, while appearing before the committee, Maku was confronted with the Doctrine of Necessity which was passed into resolutions by the Senate and House of Representatives in February 2010 and enabled then Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan to become Acting President.

At the time, President Umaru Yar’Adua was hospitalised in Saudi Arabi, a situation which created a power vacuum as he did not hand over to Jonathan before leaving Nigeria for Saudi Arabia.
The committee reminded Maku that these resoluions led to Jonathan ascending the office of President when Yar’Adua eventually died.

The committee also reminded Maku that his emergence as minister was made possible after a resolution passed by the Senate, to which he agreed.
The minister said his comments were not meant to disparage the National Assembly and tendered an apology.


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