Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has posited that Nigerian President is the most powerful president in the whole world because of the incapacity of the legislature to impeach him.
Speaking in Abuja on Monday, Dogara regretted that Section 143 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) makes it impossible for the parliament to impeach the president or the vice president.
“Nigerian president is the most powerful in the world because the legislature and judiciary are not up and doing.
He explained that all efforts to amend the section some time ago, to make the procedure for the impeachment of the president and the vice president less stringent, failed.
“The point was made long ago, even before 2015 when the current president was elected. It has always been said that Nigeria’s president is most powerful in the world. It is because of the fact that we as parliamentarians and even the judiciary have been unable to stand up to our responsibilities.
“When they are talking about a powerful president, they are talking about a weak legislature and a weak judiciary. Section 143 was very controversial. The ruling government (then) believed we were targeting the president. And those who were coming believed that we want to relax the law so that anybody they elect can easily be impeached.
“But the point is that we are trying to strengthen democracy to ensure the checks on account of removing the president or vice president for violation of the constitution is made more probable.
“As it is, Section 143 can never be successfully activated by any parliament; it will never work by the design of that provision. So, when people talk about impeachment I just laugh. You cannot successfully activate Section 143 (of the constitution). But in the United States (US) it is very real. A president can be removed,” Dogara said.