#Unconstitutional: Buhari To Read Out Ministerial List On October 1st TV Broadcast

#Unconstitutional: Buhari To Read Out Ministerial List On October 1st TV Broadcast

By Yemi Adebowale | News Contributor on September 30, 2015
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FILE: Opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari waves to supporters after casting his vote in his home town of Daura, northern Nigeria Saturday, March 28, 2015. | Pius Utomi Ekpei/Getty Images

Barring any last minute changes, President Buhari will on Thursday October 1st 2015 read out his much anticipated list of ministerial nominees in the course of an independence day TV broadcast, BREAKING TIMES can report.

According to a top and informed source in President Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) party who spoke to BREAKING TIMES on Wednesday on condition of anonymity, Buhari is yet to send the list of his ministerial nominees to Senate President, Bukola Saraki as required by Nigeria’s constitution.

Buhari’s reported plan to read out his list of ministerial nominees on his planned October 1st TV broadcast is not only unconstitutional but contravenes the democratic principles of separation of powers, rule of law as well as checks and balances.

“It is not clear why Buhari is taking this route to read out the names of his nominees on his October 1st broadcast when he is actually expected to forward the names to the Senate. It will be tantamount to a constitutional breach of due process and a mockery of our democratic institutions if he goes ahead to make a TV show out of it”, the source disclosed.

Following Buhari’s promise to unveil his ministerial list at the end of September 2015, a list was submitted through Senator Ita Enang, his special adviser on National Assembly Matters to Saraki Tuesday morning. But the document received by Saraki turned out to be a list of older appointments made by President Buhari.

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  1. I think it is the best approach, since it is possible for some names on the list to be missing. He has to be careful.

    President Buhari’s decision to read out his list of ministerial nominees on his October 1st TV broadcast is right. The point here is, the President wants the public to hear the names of ministerial nominees from the “horse’s mouth” as it goes.

    Whether it is unconstitutional or contravenes the democratic principles of separation of powers, or rule of law, or checks and balances as claimed in the article, I think some people would say yes to that. I think the President is only playing it safe.

    We wait patiently for the 1st of October present! Happy Independent Day!

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