Saraki explains why presidential assent was removed from constitution amendment


The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has explained why the current National Assembly approved the removal of the presidential assent in the ongoing constitutional review.

Saraki said presidential assent was an unnecessary addition to the process of amending the Constitution.

Speaking in Abuja, the Senate President noted that it was with the above conviction that the 8th National Assembly approved the removal of presidential assent.

Saraki said that going by the process of amending the Constitution, the final decision of federal and state legislatures should be seen as the decision of the people.

He said, “Well, to me, if two-thirds of the National Assembly agrees to something and two-thirds of the state assemblies also agree, in my view, the President should accept that as the wish of the people.

“Does he really need to assent? Personally, I don’t think so; that is my personal view, because with two-third of National Assembly, two-third of states’ assemblies, the people have spoken.”

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