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Sunday, 13 March 2016

CONFUSION AS NASS DISOWNS BUHARI’S SAUDI-LED COALITION

CONFUSION AS NASS DISOWNS BUHARI’S SAUDI-LED COALITION The National Assembly and the Office of the President of the Senate have denied knowledge or endorsement of Nigeria’s membership of the Saudi-led coalition. It is a well established fact of popular understanding that the President lacks the power to make such a decision in a country that has over 50% Christians without the approval of the national assembly. Members of the National Assembly, including the Office of the Senate President, however disowned the move. The members insist that President Buhari did not seek the approval of the National Assembly before the government made such a weighty international commitment in the name of the country. Could it be that the President ignores the constitution or has he decided to rule without the lawmakers? The Special Adviser to the President of the Senate on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said he had no knowledge of a presidential communication to his principal either pri­vately or officially on Nigeria’s membership of the Saudi Arabia coalition against the Islamic terrorists. He explained that if there had been such a correspondence from the presidency under, it would have been read at the floor of the Senate before now. Reacting to Nigeria’s membership of the Saudi-led anti-terror coalition, a member of the Senate, Sen­ator Adeola Solomon Olamilekan (APC- Lagos West) said although Nigeria is already a member of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), it still behoves on the President to seek approval from the National Assembly before engaging in such a treaty. His words: “As I speak to you, the President has not sought the National Assembly’s permission and I know he would not engage in any such thing given the economic recession and paucity of funds in the national treasury. But for all I know, he has not sought the National Assembly’s approval to enter into such a coalition.
“It is not like the President has dragged Nigeria into membership of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. Nigeria is a member of Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) and if the president is going to join any Islamic group to intervene or to bring Nigeria on board to fight terrorism, he still needs to seek approv­al from the National Assembly.”
The lawmaker, who doubles as the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Communications, argued that though the president has the right to initiate any good partnership with other countries of the world, he still has to get the approval of the National Assembly in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Reacting to the issue, a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Oghene Emma Egoh, representing Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency of Lagos State, denied any knowledge of the National Assembly’s approval of the purported membership of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition against terrorism.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Munsurat Sunmonu (APC-Oyo Central), she declined comments, saying that she should be given more time before speaking on the subject. Meanwhile, further enquiries at the Secretariat of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs revealed that there has not been any such communication from the Presidency on the subject.
According to a top official of the Committee who pleaded anonymity, any such communication should first go to the office of the President of the Senate through which it would be directed to the committee from the floor of the Senate as has been the parliamentary procedure.
In related development, an expert in International Relations and a University of Abuja don, Prof. Saleh Dauda, has faulted the President's decision to join forces with the Saudi-led Islamic coalition against terrorism within the framework of the Lake Chad Basin Coalition Against Boko Haram, which is made up of sovereign states.
President had responded when asked how the coalition would work in Nigeria's interest in an interview with Aljazeera that , “It would be within the framework of the Lake Chad basin coalition against Boko Haram which comprises Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, and Benin”. The don in the department of International Relations at the University of Abuja wondered why the president would make such decision within the commission that comprises other countries.
According to him, each country in the commission is a sovereign nation. “It is not good for the president to say that it would join the Saudi Arabia coalition within the framework of the Lake Chad basin coalition against Boko Haram which comprises of Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, and Benin because each country is a sovereign nation. “It will be improper for the president to make this kind of decision on their behalf which may not be in their own interest,” he said. He warned that the President should avoid any alliance that will cause domestic instability. 
“Buhari should try as much as possible to avoid any alliance that will cause disunity in this country.” “The foreign policy should be pursued the way it will not cause political instability in the country. Nigeria joining the Saudi Arabia Islamic coalition will cause domestic instability because Nigeria practices different religions,” he said.
“My problem is this Saudi Arabia which has expertise and military personnel; they must give details on how they will help Nigeria fight against Boko Haram,” he added. It could be recalled that in December 2015, Saudi Arabia announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency, SPA. Nigeria was named as a member of the Islamic alliance by the kingdom.
“The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations center based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations,” the statement said.
A long list of Arab countries such as Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, together with Islamic countries Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and Gulf Arab and African states were mentioned and Nigeria was one of the countries named. Ken Pat for 


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4 comments

  1. This buhari deserves to be spray chilli or peppers both his eyes and his Anus then tied him on a tree where children will make mockery of him

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  2. This buhari deserves to be spray chilli or peppers both his eyes and his Anus then tied him on a tree where children will make mockery of him

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  3. The national has every right to be consulted on any foreign policy decision making. We ain't in a military regime as buhari may presume. But even if we are. Some more intelligent people has to be consulted all the same.

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  4. God in heaven would not allow the Islamization of Nigeria. Those who plot it would drink their own blood and eat their own flesh.We (Christians) remain on the part of peace because our Lord is the prince of peace.

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