Keywords: legislature, power, presidential democracy, constitution, Nigeria The relationship between the legislature and the executive is often determined by .. cordial relationship between the executive and the legislature in Nigeria today. to the relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of government. administration has now metamorphosed into open warfare in which Nigerians as this is the primary duty of any responsible government”. How Senate, IGP feud aggravates executive, legislature relations . and what is happening today in Nigeria is that democracy is dying in bits.
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These are the basic contentious issues that degenerated into what has become serious problems for both arms of government to the extent that even ministers, heads of government departments and agencies including security agencies now find it easier to disregard resolutions of the National Assembly than to uphold them. Babatunde Fashola and many others.
The IGP face-off with the Senate began when he refused to honour the invitation of the Senate to appear before a committee that was investigating some serious allegations made against him by Senator Isah Missau, an APC member from Bauchi State.
The IGP simply went to court to declare the invitation illegal. But the court ruled otherwise.
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Even though he later came, ego had been bruised. In the current case, the Senate had for three times invited him over its investigation into alleged mishandling of Senator Dino Melaye as well as the increasing killing and insecurity across the country.
The IGP refused to honor those invitations even after the National Assembly leadership had met President Muhammadu Buhari and got assurances to the contrary.Politics Today: Assessing Executive-Legislature Relationship
The question arising from all these is how can government make progress, in the face of these crises between the Muhammadu Buhari-led executive and the National Assembly? Government exists not for its own sake but for the welfare and security of the people. This constitutional provision justified why the sole mandate of the National Assembly is to legislate for peace, order and good governance of the country.
It has also been clearly pointed out in the constitution that although each of the three arms are independent of each other, there are issues that may require understanding and cooperation to resolve particularly the legislature and the executive.
And because the executive must implement the law made by the legislature, it is always in the best interest of good governance that the two arms consult very well before laws are made. However, the present face off between the executive and the National Assembly particularly the Senate may have produced adverse effects on such collaborative relationship necessary for such good governance oriented legislation.
A classical example of such legislation requiring the understanding and cooperation of both arms is the Appropriation Bill. A member of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Rafiu Ibrahim, hit the nail on the head when he told The Guardian that the manner in which some officials of government in the executive arm treat the National Assembly is completely unhelpful to the drive to deliver good governance for the people.
He cited example of the delay being experienced in the processing of the Budget, adding that the uncooperative attitude of the executive is the principal factor. If they continue to treat invitations from the National Assembly with disdain, particularly on a crucial matter such as the budget, what magic do they think we can perform to pass the budget early?
It revolves around making laws for order, good governance of Nigeria. It either dies abruptly or in bits and what is happening today in Nigeria is that democracy is dying in bits. It dies when people abuse governmental powers and all that we have seen today with the conduct of the chief law officer of the federation is nothing, but an abuse of power. Saraki, in a speech he presented at a retreat for the Senate Press Corps in Jos, last month, linked the lingering insecurity in the country to what it called failure of the executive arm of government to engage and collaborate with the National Assembly.
In a good environment, such an issue needed to have been discussed with lawmakers. Already, some senators are angry.
They complained that the executive did not consult them before such a decision was taken.
This period witnessed the consolidation of political gains made during the colonial era. Politicians genuinely focused their lapses in the polity.
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It achieved for herself a republican status by shaking off the last vestiges of colonial authority. However, despite the violent violation of its provisions, the constitution remained the subsequent administrations military or otherwise. Military regime, [ edit ] The breakdown of law and order which occurred in the period under review would not be attributed to any defect in the Nigerian legal system. Corrupt practices both in the body politic and all aspects of Nigerian life eroded efficiency and progress.
There were 8 coups generally five were successful and 3 were unsuccessful. Seal of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The president is elected through universal suffrage. He or she is both the chief of state and head of government, heading the Federal Executive Council, or cabinet. The executive branch is divided into Federal Ministrieseach headed by a minister appointed by the president. The president must include at least one member from each of the 36 states in his cabinet.