By Peter Usman
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has said that the National Assembly has no constitutional power to envisage or contemplate a situation where the President would be summoned by the National Assembly on operational use of the Armed Forces.
Malami stated that the right of the President to engage the National Assembly and appear before it is inherently discretionary in the President and not at the behest of the National Assembly.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoyed constitutional privileges attached to the office of the President including exclusivity and confidentiality investiture in security operational matters, which remains sacrosanct.
The Minister of Justice noted that the management and control of the security sector is exclusively vested in the President by Section 218 (1) of the Constitution as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces including the power to determine the operational use of the Armed Forces.
Malami asserted that an invitation that seeks to put the operational use of the Armed Forces to a public interrogation is indeed taking the constitutional rights of law making beyond bounds.
“As the Commander in Chief, the President has exclusivity on security and has confidentiality over security. These powers and rights he does not share. So, by summoning the President on National Security operational Matters, the House of Representative operated outside constitutional bounds. President’s exclusivity of constitutional confidentiality investiture within the context of the constitution remains sacrosanct” h said.
While condoling the bereaved and sympathizing with the victims of the associated insecurity in the country, Malami maintained that the national security is not about publicity and the nation’s security architecture cannot be exposed for the sake of getting publicity.
“The confidentiality of strategies employed by the President as the commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not open for public exposore in view of security implications in probable undermining of the war against terror.
“The fact that President Muhammadu Buhari was instrumental to the reclaiming of over 14 Local Governments previously controlled by the Boko Haram in North East is an open secret, the strategies for such achievement are not open for public expose” he said.