Executive/ Legislative feud: We have “robust mechanism” to resolve all issues – Lai Mohammed

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo at the FEC of 5th July 2017
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo at the FEC of 5th July 2017

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the executive branch has a ” robust mechanism” to resolve any differences between it and the legislative arm of government.

Mr. Mohammed stated this on Wednesday while addressing State House correspondents after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, which held inside the council chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Nigerian Senate had on Tuesday passed a resolution to stop all confirmation hearings for nominees forwarded by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo until contentious issues surrounding their powers to confirm appointees are resolved.

When asked whether the Senate resolution was discussed at Wednesday’s FEC meeting, Mr. Mohammed said, “It came up” adding, “We have an excellent strategy in dealing with issues with the national assembly.”

The Information Minister also said the Nigerian government is not made up of the executive arm alone, but includes the legislature and judiciary.

“Whatever may be the misunderstanding or problem between the National Assembly and Executive, we have an excellent mechanism of dealing with it,” he said.

The Senate had in April suspended the confirmation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominees for Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, after expressing concerns with the continued stay of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The lawmakers had twice rejected Mr. Magu’s nomination as EFCC chairman, officially basing their decisions on a report compiled by the State Security Service, SSS, accusing Mr. Magu of impropriety; although many Nigerians believe the non-confirmation was because many of the senators were being investigated or prosecuted by the EFCC.

Shortly after the Senate passed the resolution, the presidency said it would not succumb to the Senate and removed Mr. Magu as chairman of the anti-graft EFCC.

Speaking in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES and other journalists and activists in April, Mr. Osinbajo said Mr. Magu enjoys his confidence, and that of the president.

“I’m fully in support of Magu as the EFCC Chairman just as the president is…” Mr Osinbajo said.

Speaking on the Senate rejection, Mr. Osinbajo said “it is up to the Senate to make their judgement. If our candidate is rejected, …, we can represent our candidate.”


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  • dudu

    Opuro! If indeed there was a robust mechanism, what took your party so long to activate the so called ‘robust mechanism’ especially since June 2015 when Saraki was sworn in? And it was obvious that the party has never been the same since then? Oga Lai Mohammed, it galls me to state here that the APC has clearly betrayed the trust of Nigerians for a true change.

    • SpeakOut

      You don’t have to be bias, in all your comments, sentimental judgement is very wrong and never encouraging.

      • dudu

        Oh please, that is why it is a comment section.

        • SpeakOut

          You have to be plain if you’re not in support of the bad deeds of the previous government, your comment has just described the angle you’re coming from and where you’re going to…..

          • dudu

            Well for me, I’m just sad because it seems the Govt has been hijacked. Lai Moh’d is not just an Information Minister for me. He contributed alot to the APC in terms of skillful media management and all…so my grouse is simply that he should know that this is a far cry from what we voted for. Nigeria wants deep urgent cleansing change and breakaway from the evil strongholds of the past. 2019 approaches, there’s simply no time for niceties, though I know part of his job mandate is diplomacy in times like this, good. But the fact that PMB is ill should make it critical for his ministers to rally support towards ensuring that the party delivers no matter whose ox is gored.

          • woman leader1

            This party is doing their best, it just that some people are there trying to use media to pull down this government. And I believe they will surely fulfill their promises and this country will move forward.

          • dele20

            This government is firmly strong and doing the will of the masses, so, at that, no way there is no way the endemic and pull down this government

          • woman leader1

            Very true.

      • woman leader1

        I wonder ooo

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      U re getting everything all wrong Mr man….as long as apc is concern d country is getting better every day by day…..the pple there @ d senate,one way or d other have betray us nigerians

      • dudu

        Look Mr Man, I was a strong APC supporter until they bungled the trial of the Senate President. Fighting corruption was one of the cardinal points that brought the present administration into office but to adopt a sit, watch and wait attitude and allow one individual to rubbish the critical plank that brought the party into office is unpardonable and a betrayal of the collective mandate of the people. What the NA has done is to stop governance and what the Presidency is doing is to coddle them! Oh how I wish that PMB was a young man when he took over the reins of power in 2015!

        • Night Crawler

          Truly its one of their pointed before getting to power, corruption has eating deep in every Nigerians and you don’t expect PMB to clean the rot of 16 years in 2 years

          • dele20

            To be sincere the previous administration really sucked Nigeria dry

    • progressive

      You must be a senseless human being how would you know after all corruption have taken all over your brain , is it not in this same country that 20 billion dollars was missing during Jonathan era.

      • dudu

        Your head is quite incomplete. Even if you were paid stipends to post comments, try to make use of your brains! In any case that is if you still possess one. Away with you!

        • dpfrank

          Pigg

        • woman leader1

          You just show everyone on this forum that you are senseless

        • front man

          Common use your brain

    • Corruption will always fight back. Great haste makes great waste, let’s watch the game play.

    • Night Crawler

      There’s time for everything, saraki been there doesn’t mean, he will achieve his aim to get to president

      • front man

        Well said

    • dpfrank

      Get it clear man, no matter how much enemies tries to frustrate this government, their plans will never work…APC has a robust mechanism that will work and Nigerians still believe in them

      • dele20

        Of course yes,we Nigerians see good things in this APC

  • progressive

    This government is a government of sincerity, this is a good move from the executive by looking for a to resolve all issues between the executive and the legislative.

  • progressive

    Apc government shouldn’t be blamed because they meet alot of rought in the system if not for the good wisdom of this present administration this could have been worst more than this

    • front man

      Sure APC government shouldn’t be blamed now

    • dele20

      This present APC led administration has to be commended

  • progressive

    Kudos to lai Mohammed for telling Nigerians on how the executive and legislative will iron things out

    • front man

      Yes oooo kudos to HMIC

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o… You spoke the truth

    • dele20

      Our minister Lai Muhammad is the update of we the masses

  • progressive

    Those who think they can use the media to perpetrate their evil acts should have a rethink because they have nothing to achieve , buhari presidency have make life to be well meaningful for the masses.

    • front man

      Exactly

    • woman leader1

      Those people will continue to fail.

      • Olatubosun

        Haters will fall

        • woman leader1

          For sure

      • dele20

        Sure

    • Olatubosun

      You are correct guy

  • front man

    We have an excellent strategy in dealing with issues with the national assembly.”
    The Information Minister also said the Nigerian government is not made up of the executive arm alone, but includes the legislature and judiciary
    Well spoken sir
    You are always there to address every issues

    • Olatubosun

      We need to appreciate alhaji Lai Mohammed, he is the best minister among the ministers

  • daygea

    Its is really great hearing from the Minister that there is strategy in dealing with issues with the national assembly.

    • The country is moving; no laxity will be entertained!

    • Night Crawler

      We will surely get to the promise land

      • Olatubosun

        Certain

    • Olatubosun

      Our honorable minister of information is very intelligent

  • Night Crawler

    The problem between executives and legislative, will surely be solved, the country in on a moving train and will surely gets to its destination

    • Olatubosun

      Sure

  • With diplomacy, the NASS will be handled… Thank you HMIC for this piece.

    • Olatubosun

      Our honorable minister of information is performing brilliantly

  • Night Crawler

    Legislooters will do everything in their power to stop magu but executive will always have their way..

    • woman leader1

      Yes ooo, Nigeria must move forward.

      • Olatubosun

        Certain

    • Olatubosun

      Our legislatives are the problem of this country

  • Night Crawler

    The confirmation of magu will cause a doomsday for the senators, because they are there to feed themselves with tax payers money

    • Olatubosun

      Sure

    • dele20

      You are right

  • dpfrank

    I support Magu as the EFCC chairman, he is doing wonderfully well

    • woman leader1

      No doubt about that

      • stackCrawler

        Gbam

    • Olatubosun

      Magu is doing his work brilliantly

    • dele20

      This present APC led administration is still the best

      • stackCrawler

        I totally agree with you

    • stackCrawler

      Gbam

  • woman leader1

    The process and the peace of Nigeria is what the HMIC is working and looking towards. Kudos sir.

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o… You are right guy

    • stackCrawler

      HMIC all the way

  • woman leader1

    HMIC his doing his job and he never fails.
    Well done sir.

    • Olatubosun

      Let’s appreciate our honorable minister of information

      • stackCrawler

        Yes ooo

    • dele20

      Alhaji Lai Muhammad is doing great job

      • woman leader1

        True

        • stackCrawler

          Nadoo

      • stackCrawler

        I agree

  • MilitaryPolice01

    Hahahaha woman leader1, dpfrank, nightcrawler, made of more,daygea,front man,progressive (retrogressive) and the numerous other ebots of Lai Mohammed are in full action this evening. Like a pack of hungry wolves they are waiting to see who disagrees with Lai and they pounce with usually short worded insults. At what cost ? 5000 naira per month ? Spits

  • 0tile

    Olukayode Soyemi (fake esq.) and his support group have taken over the web this afternoon. The mob will overshadow anybody who does not support their master, Lair Mohammed.

  • Olatubosun

    Well said my honorable minister of information

    • stackCrawler

      Nasoo

  • Olatubosun

    Alhaji Lai Mohammed is doing his job perfectly

  • dele20

    Kudos to the Minister for information and culture “Alhaji Lai Muhammad”

    • stackCrawler

      Big big kudos to HMIC

  • dele20

    With the robust mechanism, all issues are certain to be resolved

    • stackCrawler

      Well said

  • dele20

    HMIC has spoken well, Lai Muhammad has said the reality

    • stackCrawler

      Gbam

  • Border_Marksman

    Lai is very honest…and incredibly handsome too. Say “Ay” if you agree…lol

  • Justice Equity

    Shameless lying old man,if you have a robust mechanism, why then are we been treated to this current bizarre almajiri Summersault, are you guys not ashamed of your miserable hopeless shameless selves.
    Nigeria is about to implode, and all that a government that promised effective governance have to offer is this kindergarten mentality and almajiri imbecile Summersault.
    What a shame.

  • 0tile

    It is inglorious that Imam Mohamed Buhari holds tight to Minister of Petroleum when no
    living person has seen or heard from him in recent times? Niger Delta has suffered incalculable loses from Northern cheaters.

  • stackCrawler

    Alh Lai Mohammed; we support you sir. More grease to your elbow

  • stackCrawler

    HMIC is always on point

  • daygea

    Kudos to Alh Lai Mohammed for the great job done.