Any treaty rejected by National Assembly is an illegality – Femi Falana

The National Assembly has always been rejecting the move by the Executive on the ceding of the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon since 2006 as attempts have been made by the Federal Government to comply with section 12 of the Nigeria constitution, this is the saying of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria; Femi Falana who was a guest on our breakfast show Sunrise daily while discussing the Bakassi Peninsula matter.

He said the handing over of the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon was the height of ‘Executive Lawlessness’ and it is not tolerated by the Nigeria constitution.

The legal practitioner quoted section 12 of the constitution in furtherance saying ‘No treaty signed between Nigeria and another country can come into force without an enactment into law by the National Assembly’.

Recalling the Bakassi Peninsula matter, since the administration of former President , Olusegun Obasanjo when the handing over was done then through the reign of deceased President Shehu Musa Yaradua, the National Assembly has stood their grounds in rejecting the treaty and according Mr. Falana ‘As far as the international law is concerned or the constitution of Nigeria is concerned, it is the end of the matter’.

‘Anything predicated on, a treaty rejected by the National Assembly becomes an illegality’ Falana said.

Bakassi Peninsula: Some facts were not presented to the ICJ – Ita Enang

With just a few days left to the expiration of time Nigeria has to seek a review on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling which ceded Bakassi Pennisula to Cameroon, the Nigerian Senate has released some facts that were allegedly not tendered at the ICJ whilst the case lasted. The upper legislative arm is now compelling the executive to seek the review before the expiration on the 10th of October, 2012.

This was the view of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business; Senator Ita Enang, who was interviewed from our Abuja studio on Sunrise Daily on Friday. He claimed that with the new facts emerging on the ownership of Bakassi Peninsula, the executive arm of government must be spurred to appeal the judgement.

According to the Senator, there are fresh facts which were not made available to the court at that time the judgement was passed.

He also argued that the judgement and the handing-over of Bakassi is imperfect because the Senate has not been ratified by the Green Tree Treaty that was agreed on by the leaders of the two countries in 2005, as dictated by the 1999 Constitution.

The Senator added that the terms of the Green Tree implementation has been severally violated by the Cameroonian authorities and that the supervising parties also did not do what is expected because the interest of the people of the Bakassi Peninsula was not sought.

Nigeria has decrees not constitution – Annkio Briggs

In a continued discussion on the constitution review which has been generating a lot of reaction, Annkio Briggs, a Niger Delta Activist and the Executive Director and Founder of Agape Birthrights said Nigerians are concerned on an objective approach.

Mrs Briggs disclosed this in Lagos while responding to questions on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

She said there is no constituton in Nigeria and that what we have is a mere book of law.

‘No people in Nigeria ever sat down to write the 1999 constitution, it is a military decree that was put together by the out-going military government that handed over to former president Olusegun Obasanjo’.