Senate warns Jonathan aides on inflammatory statements against national assembly

The Senate at the plenary session on Wednesday, asked President Jonathan to caution his ministers and aides against making inflammatory statements against Federal lawmakers to … Continue reading Senate warns Jonathan aides on inflammatory statements against national assembly


The Senate at the plenary session on Wednesday, asked President Jonathan to caution his ministers and aides against making inflammatory statements against Federal lawmakers to avoid straining the cordial relationship between the legislature and executive.

Two special advisers to the president, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak and Dr Doyin Okupe came under fire from the Senate over inflammatory remarks on the national assembly.

The lawmakers noted with dismay the regular attacks on the legislature by Ministers and aides of President Goodluck Jonathan, describing the presidential aides as fifth columnists.

It will be recalled that last month, the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku apologized to the Senate over remarks he made that the resolutions by the national assembly are only advisory.

When it appeared that the relationship between the executive and the legislature is being smoothen, Presidential aides Alhaji Gulak and Dr Okupe attacked the national assembly.

Deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu asked the Senate to take on the challenge thrown by presidential adviser Alhaji Gulak.

However the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly matters, Senator Joy Emodi in a statement said the alleged remarks by the presidential aides do not reflect the views of President Jonathan.

She stated that the presidential aides are on their own, adding that they never spoke the mind of the president.

It however remains to be seen if the intervention of Senator Emordi will soothe the tempers of lawmakers, and mend the frayed relationship between the executive and the senate.