The President, Muhammadu Buhari, has been described as an “ardent democrat,” whose recent actions denotes strengthening Nigeria’s legislative and judicial fiscal independence. Ibrahim Baba Hassan, made the discription in a chat with journalists in Jos the Plateau State capital.
President Buhari has last week accented to the amended Section 121 of the 1999 Constitution, which gave the State Assemblies and Judiciary fiscal independence.
Hon. Hassan, a third term Assembly member and also an erstwhile deputy speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, said acceptance by the President, “has now made the legislature a true an independent arm of the Government.
“I must also appreciate our colleagues in the National and States Assemblies, our Governors also deserves this commendation for having seeing reasons not to interfered and would now give us and the judiciary more free hands and minds to do what is right,” he added.
“That the President did not even has a second thought to signed into law and become our constitutional provisions, was indeed an indication that he his becoming more an ardent democrat, whose actions in recent times are also indicative that he is really a democrat.”
Hassan said besides the financial independence to the legislatures and Judiciary, the signing of the Not too Young To Run Bill are further indications of his growing credentials as a democrat
“Several attempts were made in the past but they all failed to secured us the financial independence because the National Assembly would passed it but at State levels some governors then we’re not comfortable and had not allowed their lawmakers to passed and that had made the efforts not to get the minimum requirement of 2/3 majority difficult, ” he said.