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Divisions over Buhari emergency powers

09 September 2016, 20:17

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 Constitution.

“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,” said Olatinwo.

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Buhari’s request comes amid Nigeria enduring some economic hardships.

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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