The federal Government has said there is no going back on the Executive Order 0010 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary.
Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami (SAN), said the current administration will work with Governors on modalities for effective implementation of the order.
He said the implementation Committee will incorporate valuable submissions from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and other stakeholders
The Federal Government has appreciated the fact that the governors have agreed to the constitutionality of the 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.
Malami made the clarifications in a statement in Abuja through his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu.
The clarifications became necessary against the backdrop of claims by the governors that President Buhari had halted action on the implementation of the autonomy.
But Malami said the Federal Government only wanted submissions from the governors and other stakeholders.
He said the 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.”
He 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 said: “The essence of the Order was to see to the implementation of the autonomy.”
The statement added: “While congratulating Nigerians on this landmark historic achievement geared toward engendering democratic principles at the grassroots, the Minister called on more inter-agency support for the Order which he said will accelerate development Nigerian masses have been clamoring for.
“In furtherance of the implementation of the Order, the Federal Government and Nigerian Governors’ Forum are jointly working on modalities for effective implementation of the order.
“The Executive Order implementation Committee will incorporate valuable submissions from Governor’s Forum and other stakeholders with a view to seeing practicable implementation of the Executive Order.”