The federal government says it will not go back on the executive order 0010 which granted autonomy to state legislature and the Judiciary.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) who stated this to newsmen in Abuja added that the Federal Government and state governors were jointly working on modalities for effective implementation of the order.
The minister said an implementation committee will incorporate valuable submissions from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and other stakeholders.
Malami said the Federal Government appreciated the fact that the governors agreed to the constitutionality of state Legislature and the Judiciary.
He said the governors came out with the Executive order No-0010 in order to deepen democracy from grassroots and ensure effective implementation of the doctrine of separation of powers.
The minister made the clarifications in a statement in Abuja through his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu.
The clarifications followed the claims by the governors that President Buhari had halted action on the implementation of the autonomy.
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But Malami said the Federal Government only wanted submissions from the governors and other stakeholders.
According to him, granting of autonomy to state legislature and the Judiciary is sacrosanct.
He said: “The re-enforcement of the constitutional provisions on the autonomy of the state legislature and Judiciary, as contained in Section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, necessitated the Executive Order No 0010.”
The minister said the government noted “with appreciation that the governors of the 36 states of the federation have agreed to the constitutionality of the autonomy of the state legislature and the Judiciary”.
He noted that “the essence of the Order was to see to the implementation of the autonomy”.