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Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by ijustdey: 10:15pm On Apr 07, 2018
Posted By: Onyedi Ojiabor



Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said that lack of due engagement with the parliament may force majority of senators to oppose President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval to withdraw $1 billion to fund purchase of security equipment.

Saraki also blamed unending Executive, Legislature friction on lack of consultation and collaboration between the two arms.

He said that some senators who spoke to him on the approved $1 security fund were uncomfortable that the President would approve the expenditure of such huge some of money without recourse to the National Assembly.

The Senate President did not however say whether the upper chamber will block the use of the fund for what President Buhari intended.

Saraki spoke in Jos, Plateau State on Saturday at a retreat on “Strengthening Executive-Legislature Relations”.

It is expected that President Buhari’s approval of $1 billion for purchase of security equipment would be one of the topical issues for debate when the Senate resumes plenary on Tuesday.

The Senate President who insisted that Nigerians must be prepared to defend and protect the institution of the parliament, noted that government was all about institutions and not individuals.

He said that the number of blackmails some of them have received for doing the right thing was simply alarming.

He said that it is obvious that the National Assembly is constantly under attack by individuals who abhor the principles of separation of powers as enshrined by democratic doctrine.

Saraki insisted that protection of the institution of the parliament was the only way sustainable democracy could be guaranteed in the country “because without the legislature there will be no democracy.”
He also stressed the need to always do the appropriate thing at the appropriate time for things to work in the country.

On the approval of the $1 billion security equipment fund, Saraki said: “There is no way the security architecture of this country can work without a strong synergy between the executive and the legislature.

When you see certain agencies who by their actions and utterances frustrate the relationship between the two arms, you begin to wonder what is going on..

“What do we need to do? Do the police need more funding or more powers? Do they need new legislations to strengthen them. These are the issues where the executive and the legislature must work together. What do we need to do?

“Just few days ago, the issue of providing funding for the purchase of security equipment was in the news. In a good environment, such an issue needed to have been discussed with lawmakers. Already, some senators are angry. They said they were not consulted by the executive before such a decision was taken.

These are the issues we are talking about. Some people have already taken position because they were not consulted. That is why I stressed the issue of collaboration between the two arms. The issue of engagement is important.”

The Senate President who said that friction between the two arms of government goes beyond party affiliations, noted that “even during the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, the executive and legislature, had some frictions.”

According to him, “It means it is not about the party. It is not about any individual. It is about the system.”

Saraki said that it seemed officials of the executive arm have formed the habit of always blackmailing senators and members of the House of Representatives.

He expressed concern over the release of names of senators tagged as looters by the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed.

He said, “In a situation where a particular arm of government stands up and calls people from another arm of government thieves, looters and other names, how can we work together? How? It is not possible. It is not realistic. If we collaborate, the country will be better for it.”

He also wondered how President Buhari could write the National Assembly to endorse N4.6 trillion capital market bond without first discussing the issue with the leadership of both chambers.

“Imagine the Federal Government wants to raise a N4.6 trillion bond from the capital market. The leadership of the National Assembly first heard about it through a letter written by the President. This is what happens.

“I needed to be here to speak on these issues. It is not just about today. Posterity will be here to judge us that what I am saying is true. If we do not change the way we behave, we will remain like this for many years to come.”

Also on how heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are allegedly frustrating the passage of the 2018 budget, the Senate President said that the executive arm should be held responsible.

“If you want to strengthen democracy, the priority of everybody should be to strengthen the legislature. If you do not defend the legislature, there is no way our democracy will be strengthened because government is not built on individuals. It is built on institutions.

“That is why in developed countries, governments can change, but it does not affect the stability of their democracy because their institutions are strong. We decided to run a presidential system of government. By its nature of checks and balances, there is bound to be frictions.

The question now, how healthy is that friction?
“If you take the 2018 budget for example, even before people had bothered to find out where the cause of the delay is coming from, people were already attacking and blaming the legislature.

“When I led the leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly, with the Speaker of the House of Representatives to see Mr. President, he came to the meeting briefed as if the delay was that of the National Assembly. He was humble enough at the end of the discussion to render an apology.”

On confirmation of nominees, Saraki said that the executive must realize that the legislature has the constitutional duty to confirm, while nomination lies with the executive.

He said that no attempt must be made to weaken the legislature in the interest of sustenance of democracy in the country.



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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by Eze4tonyTc(m): 10:16pm On Apr 07, 2018
Apc scam
Ftc... dedicated to our country's biggest scam#Apc

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by phayvoursky(m): 10:17pm On Apr 07, 2018
I don't understand again o

Election is near; by all means money must be raised to fund campaigns and other backroom activities.

PMB well-done.

My happiness is that this new thunder currently striking in Kogi state comes with Google map and GPS.

Una no fit hide.

Meanwhile

Acquire a genuine piece of land and stop been indecisive like APC

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by gurunlocker: 10:29pm On Apr 07, 2018
The President will organise a dinner very soon and few days later the senators will agree to the approval of the fund....


That's the administration we are in.

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by vertueptime: 10:30pm On Apr 07, 2018
Up saraki

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by Terminator1234g: 10:30pm On Apr 07, 2018
WE LOVE YOU BUHARI!!

FROM WE IPOB YOOTS

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by Paperwhite(m): 10:30pm On Apr 07, 2018
Executive rascality & lawlessness are the hallmarks of the Buhari's presidential cabal. undecided

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by funum(m): 10:30pm On Apr 07, 2018
Ok
Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by Chevronstaff: 10:31pm On Apr 07, 2018
Nigerians had to deal with corruption and widespread Boko Haram attack during GEJ regime and he lost the 2015 election for it..

Under Buhari , Nigerians are dealing with corruption, SARS, Boko Haram, recession, herdsmen. Anyone who keeps Buhari past 2019 is an enemy of Nigeria.....

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by AdaNri1(f): 10:33pm On Apr 07, 2018
If Buhari named some equipment and justified it’s cost, there’ll be some compromise. This equipment without name that wants to cost $1billion must a nuclear weapon

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by bedspread: 10:33pm On Apr 07, 2018
It will be Wickedness for Buhari to be allowed to use that cash

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by Paradigm777: 10:33pm On Apr 07, 2018
Ride on SARAKI...
We've got ur back and above all God gat u

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by Bede2u(m): 10:33pm On Apr 07, 2018
The army are the custodians of our democracy really. And they should be willing to arrest the president if the national assembly impeaches him and he refuses to step down.

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by 8kingz(m): 10:34pm On Apr 07, 2018
Let it be know to Saraki that he is only after his self intrest, even though the president has wronged them(Legislators) by not consulting them, have they put them self in an actual position to be consulted. Let it be know that majority of us in ilorin are nt a supporter of Mr Saraki, if nt because of electoral malpractice nd weak institutions....

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by BUHARImyDOG: 10:34pm On Apr 07, 2018
BUHARI IS A TERRORIST AND ALSO A CHILD RAPIST

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by Promismike(m): 10:35pm On Apr 07, 2018
A president whose head is empty and bereft of ideas!

Giving him such amount of money is like giving an imbeci!e money for investment.

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by Lorechino(m): 10:35pm On Apr 07, 2018
To comment after calculating what they have in mind to do with the money (election money )
Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by RexTramadol1: 10:36pm On Apr 07, 2018
Like BUHARI Mba!



Like TRUMP Correct!

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by IAmSkinny: 10:36pm On Apr 07, 2018
The executive arm of government be blaming the parliamentary arm of government while the parliamentary arm of government be doing the same. Will this give me 24 hours power supply?
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BUT THIS WILL MAKE U A PHOTOGRAPHER IN ONE WEEK
Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by mysyto(m): 10:37pm On Apr 07, 2018
Nice one their...
Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by ifeanyija(m): 10:37pm On Apr 07, 2018
Technical money

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by wickyyolo: 10:38pm On Apr 07, 2018
1billion USD is small money. Senate Should release it as long as is coming from Excess crude account.

After all top individuals feeding from Excess crude account. Every month they share millions from that account and nobody is accounting for such Money.

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by Notatribalist(m): 10:38pm On Apr 07, 2018
I am not a fan of buhari,but sarakill should be cooling his head in jail now in a sane society

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by lastmaster(m): 10:39pm On Apr 07, 2018
shithole

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by NaijaMutant(f): 10:40pm On Apr 07, 2018
OK
Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by Igba123: 10:40pm On Apr 07, 2018
Checks and balances is why u're there and history won't be fair to u if u don't provide it bc of cheap blackmail of buhari and Mr Lai.

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by Deywan(m): 10:40pm On Apr 07, 2018
Now I see that the legislative arm of government is waking up to the call of democracy

Rightly spoken no legislation no democracy

How I wish the fight will not end up favoring some few

Maybe saraki people are fighting for who will supply the arms worth 1bilion naira daily for the next 366days

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by SamuelTurner(m): 10:40pm On Apr 07, 2018
That is there shit






Meanwhile, nairaland person no fit create topic since yesterday....watin dey sup nah
Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by Lanre4uonly(m): 10:41pm On Apr 07, 2018
Ok. Let's wait and see how it will unfold.
Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by Man2utd(m): 10:41pm On Apr 07, 2018
I didn't read, but am sure its nothing important.

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by Flexherbal(m): 10:41pm On Apr 07, 2018
Politicians are only concerned about themselves!

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Re: Why Senators May Oppose Buhari’s $1bn Security Equipment Fund -saraki by Deywan(m): 10:42pm On Apr 07, 2018
Oya carry go we dey your back

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