By Mukwuzi Joseph
Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has faulted the request by the National Assembly that President Muhammadu Buhari briefs it on the growing security challenge in the country and Federal Government’s efforts at containing it.
Malami, who argued that Buhari has recorded tremendous success, said that the President cannot be compelled to reveal the nation’s security strategies or comment publicly on the operations of the nation’s armed forces.
He contended that the legislators acted outside their constitutional powers when they purported to summon the President to speak publicly on issues bordering on national security and operations of the armed forces.
Malami in a statement on Wednesday said: “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. 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.”