Muhammadu Buhari has come out to say that the constitution restricted him from intervening in the dispute between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and the Emir of Kano, Mohammadu Sanusi 11.
He, however, said that he swore to stand for peace and security in Nigeria and when Nigerians are threatened, he would always use his constitutional powers to step in.
According to him, as soon as the Sanusi and Ganduje matter reached the House of Assembly, the President was no longer constitutionally allowed to step in.
He added that despite the separation of powers between the Federal Government and the states, he still has enough constitutional power to maintain the security of the people.
His words, “I know my role as the President of Nigeria. By the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Governor of Kano State has his own roles, once a matter is in the hands of the House of Assembly (like in Kano), the President has no constitutional right to interfere.
“I am here by the constitution, I swore by it, and I am going to stand by it. But let me tell you the bottom-line of my understanding of the constitutional role is that peace and security of all Nigerians must be guaranteed, where the people are threatened, then I will use my constitutional powers.”
“I hope you are mindful of your promises to your constituencies. You went round and you promised your constituencies. I hope the promises you made are within the resources of your State. If you made promises outside your resources, it will be your problem because you are going to stand again in four years’ time. This is very important and it is important for our party.”
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