- The Nigerian Senate has recently being coming up with bills and engaging in activities that seem to fuel speculations of a rift between it and the executive arm
- Apart from throwing out some bills and other such things brought by the executive arm, it is currently considering a bill that change the course of presidential inaugurations
In a move seen as part of a plan to further curtail the powers of the executive arm of the Nigerian government, the Senate has commenced a process that would make the inauguration of the president and the vice president hold within the chambers of the National Assembly.
This is as the bill to make this enforceable and sponsored by the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, scaled its first reading on Tuesday, November 22.
Since 1999 when Nigeria commenced the current democratic journey, the inauguration of the president and his deputy have always held at the Eagles Square.
If the bill scales through, it therefore means the inauguration of the next president and his deputy would be done within the National Assembly.
Tagged: 'Presidential inauguration Bill, 2016 (SB. 379)', Ekweremadu said it was important to move the inauguration to the National Assembly in line with international best practices.
He argued that this was how it was done in United States of America, USA, and many other democracies.
The Nigerian Tribune further reports that Ekweremadu's spokesperson, Uche Anichukwu, later explained through a statement that the bill did not seek to preclude the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) from administering the oath of office on the president and vice president.
Instead, he said the bill seeks to make the inauguration take place at the Arcade of the National Assembly, where the people are represented.