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Senators Debate Constitutionality of Tucano Aircraft; Senate President Refers to Committee on Judiciary

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Today, the Senate debated the constitutionality and adherence to due process of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘anticipatory approval’ for the purchase of the $496million Tucson helicopters.

Following the debate, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said: “One of the concerns we have, as Senator Shehu Sani said, are the security concerns in our country. At the same time, we all agree that from what has been presented to us, there is definitely a breach of Constitution. The question is what are the circumstances surrounding the breach of Constitution and whether those circumstances justify this breach.

“I am sure that you will all remember that in August 2017, I got the message from the U.S. Ambassador, that a Congressional delegation from the United States wanted to visit us because they had received a request from President Trump to approve the payment of the Tucano helicopters — but they needed Congressional approval. Congress wanted to come to Nigeria to speak with their counterparts.

“I led the team which constituted of Distinguished Senators and members of the House of Representatives and we met with the members of Congress on this issue. We were aware at that time of these issues.

“Therefore, between September and February with all due respect, there was ample time for the Executive to have carried us along on this issue. There are arguments for and against and those arguments are valid. I do not want us to break it down into bipartisan issues, these are not partisan issues,” the President of the Senate said.

The Senate thereafter resolved to forward the request to the Committee on Judiciary. The Committee is expected to submit its report on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018.

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UPDATE: Today, the Senate debated the constitutionality and adherence to due process of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘anticipatory approval’ for the purchase of the $496million Tucano helicopters. Read the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki's comments below.

1:41 PM - 26 Apr 2018

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The Nigerian Senate , Bukola Saraki , The Senate President and 7 others

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    1. I am Baba Idris‏ @babaidris090 1h1 hour ago

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      Replying to @SPNigeria @NGRSenate and 7 others

      It is unfortunate & sad that there's nothing like the rule of law under this present administration. What differentiates the Democratic system of govt with the Military reign is the legislature and if our legislature has been subjected to ridicule, then, our democracy is faulty

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    1. Onilemarun Kareem‏ @Onile050 1h1 hour ago

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      Replying to @SPNigeria @NGRSenate and 7 others

      It's good to see the Senate considering matters surrounding the Constitutional breach, Insurgency has taking over control of several states, we should not at rush failed to follow due process as the only way towards strengthening the country's respect for her constitution.

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    1. Onilemarun Kareem‏ @Onile050 1h1 hour ago

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      Replying to @SPNigeria @NGRSenate and 7 others

      This is good, Accountability is a key towards appropriation, the aspect of the constitution must be thoroughly looked into if any has been breached, the Senate is the last hope of Nigerians and they are solidly waiting to see the institution taking strong the step.

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    1. Barnabas Herbert, MD‏ @docbarne 18m18 minutes ago

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      Replying to @SPNigeria @bukolasaraki and 8 others

      Thank you senators for doing the needful. This is what voted for. Justice regardless of whose ox is gord! This is democracy. Proud fella here!

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    1. I am Baba Idris‏ @babaidris090 1h1 hour ago

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      Replying to @SPNigeria @NGRSenate and 7 others

      Senate do not have any reason to grant this request because the legislature wasn't aware of this misguided journey embarked on by the Executive arm.. I keep asking, where is our Rule of Law ?

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    1. As-Siddiq‏ @a_rasaq 4m4 minutes ago

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      Replying to @SPNigeria @bukolasaraki and 8 others

      The Senate and House of Rep and this presidency are all scams. With your set of leaders, Nigeria can't progress.

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    1. Amoo Vivian‏ @AmooVivian1 20m20 minutes ago

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      Replying to @SPNigeria @bukolasaraki and 8 others

      I don't understand all those grammars but please make sure he does the right thing

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    1. prince_tundeGE.‏ @tundeesemikose 20m20 minutes ago

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      Replying to @SPNigeria @bukolasaraki and 8 others

      On point is.

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    1. I am Baba Idris‏ @babaidris090 1h1 hour ago

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      Replying to @SPNigeria @NGRSenate and 7 others

      I don't want to consider his withdrawal as either being misled or misguided , I am seeing this as deliberate bcs we dnt av evidences to show that our rule of law is above everybody bt we only have evidences to show that our rule of law nevr counted since this govt came on board .