The federal government has vowed that it will implement the executive order seeking to grant financial autonomy to state legislature and judiciary.
Abubakar Malami, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), on Tuesday, said the government will gazette the order after consultations with governors.
The minister’s comment comes days after Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State governor and chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), said President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the gazetting after meeting with his colleagues.
Fayemi also said Buhari directed governors to meet with some government officials over their complaints, especially regarding the constitutionality of the executive order.
However, in a statement issued on Tuesday by Umar Gwandu, Malami’s spokesman, the AGF said financial autonomy for state legislature and judiciary remains sacrosanct.
But he noted that the federal government will implement the order through modalities reached with the governors.
“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,” the statement read.
“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 clamouring 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.”
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He further pointed out that the end result of the consultation with governors will reflect their “valuable submissions” to ensure “practicable implementation” of the executive order.