The Senate Committee Chairman on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator David Umaru has explained that the several bills which were not assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari was the President’s prerogative.
Speaking with peoplesattitude in Abuja on Wednesday, the lawmaker explained that Buhari was not turning down his assent on some bills out of malice, but from the perspective he looked at those bills.
He stressed that each arm of government has its statutory roles, saying it was not compulsory for Buhari to assent to bills passed by the legislature.
“Bills not assented by President Buhari was not embarrassing as you suggest, but it’s his prerogative to do that or not.
“Each arm of government has its constitutional roles and it depends on his perspective of the law we made here. But, I don’t want to speak further on those bills he returned to us,” Umar said.
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki Wednesday announced that President Buhari has declined assent to the Institute of Biochemists and Molecular Biology bill passed into law recently.
In a letter addressed to the Senate which was read on Wednesday by the Senate President, Buhari cited the role of accrediting courses by the Institute as clashing with the responsibility that has been invested in the National Universities Commission, NUC.
Buhari’s letter also complained of the administrative structure of the proposed Institute.