Abuja - Cracks between the executive and
legislative arms of government are widening with the Senate taking a veiled
swipe at the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Senate argued the stance was to an extent discouraging
investments into the economically-troubled country.
The House’s position came as the Senate on Thursday
continued to debate on the state of the economy, after which they made some
suggestions they believe would revive the economy.
In a communiqué Charles Akpan, the Senate Head of Press and
Public Relations, released Thursday, the senators said Buhari should present a
stimulus package before the National Assembly for consideration.
“Mr. President was also advised to tackle corruption through
a means that will not create fear in the heart of investors,” read the
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Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade has been divisive with
suggestions it was a welcome move in a country where graft is extensive while
critics argue it is selective and targets members of the previous
This comes a day after The Senate accused Buhari of
deterring investors through his “body language.”
The relationship between Buhari and the Senate has been
frosty since the election of House leaders in 2015.
Senate President Bukola Saraki emerged the leader of the
House ahead of candidates said to have been preferred by the leadership of the
ruling All Progressives Congress.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, Senate recommended that the Naira
should be allowed to float.
“This will stabilize the economy and create confidence
needed for investment.”
Among other measures suggested include introduction of zonal
intervention project to encourage job creation, reducing the cost of governance
through reduction in estacode allowance, devolution of power/ restructuring,
proper marketing of the country and minimum wage among others.
- CAJ News