Members of the House of Representatives have been urged to find a better way of addressing any issue they may have with the executive arm of government rather than deceiving Nigerians with threat of impeachment on President Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking with BusinessDay in Lagos, Frank Nweke Jnr., director-general, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), said the legislators lacked the moral fibre to embark on such a mission.
“I don’t really get their reason. Thetre is a clear role specification for the legislature. It is not the duty of the legislature to plan the budget, but what we see here is a situation whereby lawmakers abandon their job, trying to do a job that is exclusively for the executive. What we see here is a situation whereby the legislators pad the budget when it is sent to them. It is not the duty of the National Assembly to determine how much must be spent in a fiscal year. If I may ask, who are they trying to please?
We see people trying to pretend they love Nigerians whereas they are collecting huge sums of money. If they love Nigeria and Nigerians so much as they claim, why are they collecting so much money in a system where the level of poverty is so high that many Nigerians lack basic needs? Whose interest are they serving?
They should stop this deceit. If they have any issue with the President, they should address that not hiding under budget and all that. I served under the then administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo, and I know that budgets are not just prepared by the president. Every ministry makes an input.
Trying to impeach the President over budget is a serious lack of understanding of the workings of government. BY the way, some of