Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), alleges that it is illegal for President Muhammadu Buhari to retain about 100 of his aides following the expiration of their tenure.
Consequently, he urged Buhari to stop promoting illegality by sacking the aides or reappointing them as required by the constitution.
According to the Human Rights Lawyer, Mr. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to the President; and others including Garba Shehu and Femi Adesina, Buhari’s media aides, are currently staying in office illegally.
Read below, Falana’s statement obtained by Naija Buzz News;
“Like ministers, special advisers and other political appointees were appointed by President Buhari for a four-year term of office in 2015.
“Consequently, the tenure of all the political appointees expired on May 29, 2019 by effluxion of time. Hence, the federal cabinet was dissolved while all ministers were relieved of their appointments at the end of the four-year tenure.
“In the same vein, all other political appointees ought to have been asked to relinquish their positions. Since President has not sacked them or renewed their appointments there has arisen the urgent need to avoid a constitutional crisis whereby the actions of such persons who have continued to occupy offices illegally may be questioned or declared illegal by a court of law,” the human rights lawyer said.
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