Buhari shuns Nigerian Peace Corps Bill

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has shunned the Nigerian Peace Corps (NPC) Bill for over a 30-day period, constitutionally implying that the president has no interest in assenting to the bill yet.

According to report, the bill was officially dispatched to the president in the last week of December 2017 by the clerk of the National Assembly (NASS), Mr Sani Omolori.

The stipulated 30-day window during which the constitution has prescribed that the president should have signed any bill presented to him has elapsed on January 31, 2018.

This is happening along with the ongoing heat of the tussle between NPC and the Nigerian police.

The police had stormed the national headquarters of NPC on February 17, 2017, and arrested the national leader of the organisation. Since then, the headquarters has been sealed by the police.

The refusal of the president to append his signature on the bill implies that there is no Nigerian law backing the establishment and operation of NPC.

As a last resort to see the bill passed into law, the Senate has to mobilise two thirds of its members to veto the shunning of the bill by the Presidency.

Senator Sabi Abdullahi (APC, North Niger), Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, has said the Senate will do what the constitution specifies in case Mr President refuses to assent the Peace Corps Bill.

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