Presidency Reveals Why Buhari Won’t Sign Any More Bills
The Presidency has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has drawn the curtains on the signing of bills for the Fourth Alteration to the 1999 Constitution.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, who spoke exclusively with The Punch on the development also noted that any bills not signed till date must have lapsed, adding that Buhari would have also communicated same to the National Assembly.
The revelation became necessary amid renewed talks that Buhari failed to sign most of the constitutional amendment bills.
Speaking on the issue, Enang said, “If the President has not signed any bill as of today – and he must have written the National Assembly informing them – it is because the time allowed by law has elapsed.
“It is no more available for signing. And I know that the President assented to some of the bills that were submitted and sent the rest back to the National Assembly.
“Anyone that has not been assented to, the time constitutionally allowed has elapsed and the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives must have been communicated.”
It is understood that both the Senate and the House of Representatives spent at least N1bn of taxpayers’ money between 2017 and the first quarter of 2018 on the fourth alteration of the 1999 constitution (as amended).
Findings showed that the Senate and the House initially proposed 33 amendments to the constitution, but both chambers only mutually passed 17 of the bills.