The actions of Nigeria’s Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo are called abominable, among a laundry list of unprintables during the Nigeria Senate session of July 4 in an explosive and expletives laden video (attached). Senator Adeyeye warned the Acting President to “OBEY THE LAWS OF THE COUNTRY” and not “DANCE AROUND THE LAW”. Senator Isah Misua exploded on “CORRUPTION IN THE EXECUTIVE”. Senate President Bukola Saraki said the The Acting President “MUST RESPECT THE CONSTITUTION”. He also warned the Acting President To “OBEY THE LAW AND RESPECT OUR DEMOCRACY”. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu insisted that “THE LAW MUST BE OBEYED”. Several Senators threw shade at the Acting President but saved the best for Senator Melaye. His explosive remarks filled with expletives dubbed the actions of the Acting President, abominable and worse.
The pent up anger of the Senators was unleashed in the Nigeria Senate session of July 4th.
It was a normal Senate day as the session progressed until Senate President Bukola Saraki read a letter from Acting President Professor Osinbajo on the request of confirmation of appointment of Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila as Director General of National Lottery Commission.
Senator Sani Ahmed cited order 14 as regards the letter of confirmation from Acting President Professor Osinbajo, stating he earlier said the Senate doesn’t have the power to confirm. He wants the issue to be clarified by the Senate. Senator George Sekibo said the Senate should suspend the request till the issue of power of confirmation is cleared. Senator Isah Misua said that there is too much focus on the Senate while there is more corruption in the Executive. Senator Adeyeye stated that every public servant is to obey the Law of the Country, no one is given an exception to dance around the law. He further stated that we must choose strong institutions over strong leaders.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu said Senator Dino Melaye recall process is dead on arrival
Senator Dino melaye cited order 14 and said the process of his recall was masterminded by the Kogi State Government and the Senate should act accordingly. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu said the recall process is dead on arrival going by the constitution. It’s a long process,after the verification of votes the Senate would also verify the Legitimacy of the votes before a conclusion is made. He stated that the recall process of Senator Dino melaye by the Kogi State Government is an exercise in futility, there are provisions and procedures to be followed on how recall process is carried out. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu listed a number of procedures involved. He stated that Section 69 of the constitution is the reason Senator Dino melaye cannot be recalled. An amendment to that section was done in 2010. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu said by the amendment the list of signatories collected will come out and line up in Kogi state for verification.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu emphasizes that the Acting President must obey the law. Senate President Bukola Saraki said the matter needs to be addressed and put behind us.
According to Senator Saraki:
“The Acting President must respect the constitution and laws enacted by National Assembly, said as a society we can’t pass laws and the the laws are not obeyed, we must respect our democracy. He stated that it is not for us to choose the laws to obey and those not to obey.”