Government & Politics

The Executive Alone Can’t Enjoy Immunity – Saraki

Senate President, Bukola Saraki had shed more light on the proposed immunity clause for lawmakers of the National Assembly which according him has been miscontrued by the general public.
The immunity advocacy which started from the recently concluded retreat on the amendment of the 1999 constitution in Lagos last week according to Saraki is premised on equality of the three major arms of government namely executive, legislative and judiciary arms.
Saraki who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Senate  President, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu reiterated that its logical for the legislature to enjoy immunity with the presidency

He said since the three arms of government are independent, the lawmakers are of the opinion that the executive alone cannot be enjoying immunity, while the two others are deprived of such.

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According to him “it is either immunity is given to the three arms of government or withdrawn from all”.

“On the issue of immunity, what they discussed at the retreat is that the senators said it is either you give immunity to all three arms of government or immunity to none.  That is, there are three arms of government; the executive, legislative and the judiciary”.

“One cannot be enjoying immunity, while the others can’t benefit from same. The immunity is not for the Senate president alone, it will also be given to the Chief Justice of Nigeria who is the head of the judiciary arm of government”.

“So, the senators said it is either you give all the heads of the three arms or you remove it from the executive arm so that nobody will have it” he said.

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