The Presidency has acknowledged that solely the Nationwide Meeting has the constitutional energy to restructure the nation.
Senior Particular Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam, Garba Shehu who spoke at a media parley with Home of Representatives correspondents, urged proponents of restructuring to take their agitation for restructuring to the nationwide meeting because the Buhari-led administration is dedicated to the promise which is contained in APC manifesto.
He stated: “We within the APC are dedicated to restructuring. Learn the manifesto of the APC. It’s acknowledged there and so, we’re not working away from it. President Buhari is prepared to restructure the nation.
“The issue now we have with lots of the proponents of restructuring is that they’re trying for the quickest method to that restructuring. They don’t need to use the parliament. They need to use additional constitutional our bodies and that’s untidy. In case you are a democrat, you abide by the processes.
“The parliament is the establishment of presidency working with the manager and the judiciary. For you to say no you need to do a congress at Yaba Market Sq. and debate; would you like to trigger a battle.
“We have to be organised and comply with due course of. When you’ve got a case on restructuring, come to the parliament. In any case, the Senate President has introduced that this ninth Parliament will begin constitutional modification in January. So, carry your challenge. These are clever individuals voted for by the individuals.
“Those that shout restructuring saying they need a parallel physique to-do that, now we have stated to them that they’re incorrect. The sovereignty of the individuals resides with the parliament and so, in order for you to restructure the nation, come to the parliament.
“If you don’t have confidence in the parliamentarians you have voted for, wait for four years and vote them out and choose another set of people. But you cannot circumvent the role of the parliament in a democracy and it is key to whatever restructuring you want,” he stated.
On the controversial media invoice, the Presidential spokesperson insisted that the proposed dying penalty isn’t the one factor contained within the invoice. In accordance to him, there may be want to curb pretend information as it could possibly lead to the dying of different Nigerians which isn’t acceptable.
He stated: “It’s your duty because the media to assist the Nigerian authorities on the problem of hate speech earlier than the parliament. The Minister of Data, who speaks for the Nigerian authorities, has spoken of the need of a regulation to govern social media.
“I’m being cautious on what he desires to do as a result of I feel there are parallel processes occurring. I additionally blame the media for creating pointless controversy. For those who have a look at the regulation being mentioned, the media has centered extra on the dying penalty for pretend information.
“You have a responsibility of studying that bill. Only a few days ago, the American Ambassador met the sponsor of that bill and at the end, he said Nigerians should have a rethink. It is your duty to reap it open and tell Nigerians what it contained. The bill is not all about death penalty or free speech,” he stated.
He additionally stated, “I think we have a problem that Nigerians have to address. Nobody is saying that President Buhari or the parliament should impose a law against the press. I am happy that they will hold public hearing on this and if you have any objection to some of the elements, come forward and tell parliament that you have objection. This country needs a law that will regulate social media and attack fake news.”
On claims of the present parliament being a rubber stamp legislature, Garba Shehu stated;
“Anybody who is thinking that because the parliament and the executive has worked together on the finance bill and the budget within record time, so we are dealing with a rubber stamp parliament, such a person better look back and see what happened in the past.”