The Senate spokesman, Sabi Abdullahi has reacted to the letter written by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, to the Senate’s Committee on the Humanitarian Crisis in North East.
Senator Sabi said the letter Lawal wrote stating that he would not appear before the Senate committee because he had gone to court to challenge his invitation implied that the legislature can equally go to court to stop the entire government from working.
He stated this yesterday in a chat with the media in Abuja.
According to him, Nigeria’s democracy was heading towards total destruction because of the refusal of the executive to honour legislative summons..
Abdullahi said, “We are performing our constitutional mandate and if anybody is going to court to stop us, then, what it means is that we should all go to court and stop the entire government from working.
“That is exactly what we are saying; that if this (refusal to honour legislative summon) continues to happen, then, goodbye to democracy. It means I can even go to court to stop you from doing your work.
“We will see how that will continue to play out and I think this is the end of democracy in Nigeria if that continues to play out.”
Meanwhile, chairman of the committee, Senator Shehu Sani, has confirmed receipt of the letter.
It could be recalled that Customs Comptroller-General, Hameed Ali, had also refused to appear before the Senate claiming that it would be subjudice for him to return to the Senate in uniforms since a legal practitioner had asked the Federal High Court Abuja to restrain the National Assembly from compelling him to wear uniform in the performance of his duties.