Socio-financial Rights and Accountability mission (SERAP) has known as on the management of the Senate to “straight away withdraw the unwarranted and unconstitutional ‘summon’ for Professor Itse Sagay, Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption to look sooner than the Senate committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions for reportedly describing the body as ‘infantile and irresponsible’ and one ‘stuffed with the aid of folks of questionable character’.”
SERAP in a observation these days signed by means of its govt director Adetokunbo Mumuni stated that, “the Senate’s decision to summon Professor Sagay simply for exercising his right to freedom of expression is bigoted, a travesty, mala-fide, and cannot stand up to constitutional scrutiny. Suppression of freedom of expression and public discussion is inimical to peace, order, excellent governance and the rule of thumb of legislation, and patently inconsistent with the Senate’s regulation-making and oversight capabilities.”
The statement learn partly: “The Senate isn’t immune from constitutional regulate simply because it’s a law-making body. in fact, the Senate has neither different immunity from the operation of the constitution nor unique privilege to invade the constitutionally and internationally assured proper to freedom of expression of Professor Sagay or other voters for that topic.”
“The framers of the constitution of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) would never have contemplated a legislative energy without accountability, and the Senate can’t continue to hold on in a manner that means its regulation-making and oversight powers aren’t open to question. subsequently, its powers below the constitution ought to be exercised reasonably and responsibly, consistent with the elemental notions of peace, order, just right governance and the general public passion.”
“The human rights of Nigerians are secured against no longer most effective govt lawlessness but additionally legislative excesses. To trample on citizens’ freedom of expression is to thwart the beliefs of representative democracy and the rule of thumb of legislation.”
“The national assembly is constitutionally empowered to make regulations for the peace, order and good governance of Nigeria but latest events in the Senate would appear to stir the general public anger. It appears curious that the Senate shall be giving a uncooked deal to the heads of the 2 leading anti-corruption our bodies in the country—Ibrahim Magu of the commercial and monetary Crimes commission and Itse&#a hundred and sixty;Sagay of the Presidential Advisory Committee in opposition to Corruption.”
“All public institutions and figures are legitimately topic to criticism and political opposition. The Senate particularly and the national assembly as an entire would do neatly to appreciate the inherent rights of Nigerians that are so basic to our constitutional structure. Democracy, constitutional supremacy, and the rule of law require no less. indeed, no principle is extra normal to any right kind device of regulation than the upkeep of the rule of thumb of regulation itself”
it would be recalled that Professor Sagay’s comment used to be a response to the Senate’s refusal to proceed with affirmation of 27 persons President Muhammadu Buhari nominated as Resident Electoral Commissioners. The lawmakers stopped the affirmation in protest in opposition to the refusal of the President to sack Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the economic and monetary Crimes commission despite his repeated rejection by the Senate.