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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Buhari's bailout fund was an unconstitutional decision - Lagi

A former attorney general in Nasarawa state, Barrister Innocent Lagi, said President Muhammadu Buhari took an unconstitutional decision with the bailout funds the federal government gave the 36 states of the federation last year.

Tribune gathered that the former Nasarawa state attorney general revealed this on Wednesday, June 29 at Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Barrister Lagi based his point on the fact that the money kept in the federal government’s purse, was not just for the states, but the funds were for the three tiers of government, which are federal, states and local governments.

Furthermore, the former commissioner for justice stated that the federal government could only distribute money among the three arms of government without giving out loans with interest, adding that the federal government is not a financial institution like a bank. Therefore, it could not take such an unconstitutional decision.

The former number one Nasarawa state law officer bared his mind on the anti-corruption crusade of the president. To him, he described the anti-graft war as one-sided. Lagi said if the campaign funds of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) should be probed, similar thing should be applicable to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC). In addition, he questioned the decision to freeze Ekiti state governor Ayodele Fayose’s account with merely a court warrant. He added that, the governor still enjoys immunity and therefore should be given the opportunity to complete his term in office before investigation is carried out on him.

It seems some political officer holders are not comfortable with President Buhari’s style of administration, as Ike Ekweremadu, Nigeria’s embattled deputy Senate president, has run to world leaders and international bodies asking them to come rescue the country from an imminent democratic collapse.