Buhari’s deployment of troops over Gambia unconstitutional - Ekweremadu | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper f

‎Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, says President Muhammadu Buhari ought to have sought the approval of the national assembly before deploying troops in Senegal for an operation in the Gambia.

Nigerian troops and fighter‎ jets were deployed in Senegal for the enforcement of a resolution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to remove Yahya Jammeh if he refused to leave office as the president of the Gambia.

Ayodele Famuyiwa, spokesman  of the Nigeria air force, on Wednesday confirmed the deployment to Senegal, as part of Nigerian contingent of Economic Community of West African States military intervention in Gambia (ECOMIG), a standby force tasked by ECOWAS heads of state to enforce the December 1, 2016 election mandate in the The Gambia.

“The NAF today moved a contingent of 200 men and air assets comprising fighter jets, transport aircraft, light utility helicopter as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to Dakar from where it is expected to operate into Gambia. The deployment is also to forestall hostilities or breakdown of law and order that may result from the current political impasse in The Gambia,” he said.

However, raising a point of order on the floor of the senate on Thursday, Chukwuka Utazi, a senator from Enugu state, pointed‎ out the illegality of the president’s action.

He said, according to the constitution, the national assembly must be briefed before troops are deployed in any country.

But Senate President Bukola Saraki only noted his argument, saying the president had at least seven days to inform the national assembly before deploying troops in a foreign country, and that that window had not elapsed.

However, Ekweremadu‎ rose to explain that the constitution made it clear that the president must inform the national assembly before deploying troops in a foreign country – that is, before taking the action.

His argument was only noted as well.

There was no debate on the matter afterwards.

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  1. This fellow must be the most ridiculous comedian in Africa.

    Is he pretending that he has not been hearing all that has been going on since last year in the Gambia. Where has this fellow been since all these months. Has he been living in the Moon or something.

    What exactly are these PDP fellows smoking or drinking anyway?

    This fellow must be an incredible mediocre. Does he not know that he ought to have made all Legislative advice and support available to the ECOWAS in order to ensure that every legal means is used to root out a fellow that refuses to leave after losing an election.

    We should not be surprised of this fellow's outburst and ill-advised utterances. It is highly possible that Jammeh has already wired some Ghana-Must-Go loads of US Dollars to this fellow's secret DOM Account. It is also highly possible that PDP and their cohorts must have benefited a lot from the misrule of Jammeh at the expense of responsible leadership in the Gambia.

    This fellow is indeed an enemy of democracy and progressive leadership.


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