Lagos - Analysts are divided over plans by President
Muhamadu Buhari to request emergency powers from the National Assembly.
Granting Buhari such powers would enable him set aside some
current laws and use executive orders to implement economic recovery package
within the next year.
An “Emergency Economic Stabilisation Bill 2016” is to be
presented to the National Assembly on Monday.
Ahead of the request, the Coalition for Human Rights
Advocacy and Social Action (COHRASA) slammed such plans.
Jeremiah Olatinwo, COHRASA Executive Director, said this was
an affront to the separation of powers as enshrined in the country's
“It is our own political division of labour and it must be
revered and never be sacrificed on the altar of political acceptance and power drunkenness,”
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Buhari’s request comes amid Nigeria enduring some economic
If he is granted emergency powers, he would push his planned
stimulus for the economy by reducing the procurement process to support
stimulus spending on critical sectors of the economy, favour local contractors
in tenders, cut the process of sale or lease of government assets to generate revenue
and allow for budgetary allocation to urgent projects without going back to the
National Assembly and embark on significant reforms in visa issuances at
Nigeria’s consular offices.
National Association of Nigeria Students Coordinator, Obi
Pedro, welcomed the plans.
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Bill 2016 seems to be a
masterstroke breaking the itchy bone that had kept the Dignity, Strength and
Fertility of the Federal Republic of Nigeria represented by the Horse, Eagle
and Black Shield respectively in our Coat of Arms at a recess,” said Pedro.
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