Nigeria’s parliament has questioned President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to send troops to the Gambia without the approval of the parliament.
As acting president, Vice President Osinbajo could ask the senate for permission to maintain the military deployment. Even if he does not make the request, parliament will likely overlook the error for as long as the intervention has considerable popular backing. The MPs are sensitive to public perception. A constitutional breach may have occurred, but assuming no operational crisis occurs, its implication will likely be negligible for political risk.
Written by Analyst Adedayo Ademuwagun (Lagos)
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