By Emma Amaize
ASABA—PROMINENT South-South leader and former Provost Marshal, Nigerian Army, Brig-General Idada Ikponmwen (retd), has said that the current face-off between the National Assembly and the Executive could be resolved by each arm of government confining itself to its legitimate duties as defined by law.
Ikponmwen, who expressed mixed feelings over the intervention of the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, in a matter between two arms of government, said: “The executive arm must not overstep its bound nor the legislative arm act ultra-vires its powers.
“Each arm must display honour and integrity and commitment to the ideals of democracy, good governance and rule of law. The idea of vendetta can also not have a place when conscientious men and women are in government.
“Those elected or nominated into public offices must also be men and women of honour, who would not suffer the Nigerian people by clinging to office even when their integrity is placed in serious doubt by circumstances surrounding them.
“I am inclined to look at some of the issues creating the crises between the executive and the legislature in somewhat deeper perspective. For example, the issue of the continuous nomination by the President and the continued rejection of the EFCC boss, the issue of the summons on the Comptroller General of Customs to appear in a particular form by the National Assembly, among others.
“These issues would hardly have been a problem if not for failure to adhere to constitutional roles, failure to show maturity and integrity, if not for vengeance and vendetta that lead to failure to address core issues. Let us for a moment conceptualize what will possibly happen in such a meeting proposed by the APC leadership with the National Assembly leaders.
“I, therefore, postulate that greater efforts and emphasis must be devoted to running a government according to law, to ensure proper separation of powers, to guarantee the independence and impartiality of the judiciary and to make it visibly obvious and manifestly clear that the Nigerian people deserve a government that is ordered by law.”
“I think it must also be said that only controversial issues that bothers on role of government, the rights and duties of government and of the various arms should be brought before the court for decisions and interpretations, which must receive the obedience of all.”