Senator Dino Melaye, formerly representing Kogi West in the upper chamber of the National Assembly has said President Muhammadu Buhari is wrong to order a restriction of movement without the consent of the National Assembly.
Melaye, in a statement after the President announced the decision in a nationwide address said it is a good move but one that needs the approval of the lawmakers.
“You will recall that I had a broadcast one week ago asking the for the lockdown of Abuja and Lagos. This buttresses the fact that i support measures to contain the Coronavirus pandemic but it must be done in accordance with the law,” Melaye said.
“Nigeria is practicing constitutional Democracy and it is an absurdity for the President to take over the affairs of any state of the federation without the express approval of the State House of Assembly.
“In the Presidential broadcast today, the President did not invoke his power of Emergency as prescribed by S.305 of the Constitution of Nigeria and even if invoked, it must be with the approval of the National Assembly.
“The President acted outside his powers to restrict movement without approval of the National Assembly. I therefore advise Mr President to take appropriate constitutional steps and do the needful quickly as we need the lockdown. This is a very important decision but must be done in line with all democratic norms. God bless Nigeria as i pray for Divine intervention from God Almighty. Only Him can rescue us.”