Femi Falana, a popular activist, warned President Muhammadu Buhari against embarrassing himself by refusing the invitation to address the National Assembly on issues of insecurity plaguing the country.
Falana issued the warning while criticizing statements by Abubakar Malami, Federation Attorney General, AGF, that the National Assembly does not have the right to summon Buhari.
Malami had explained that the question of security was on the exclusive list of the executive, therefore the National Assembly has the right to summon the president on this matter.
Buhari was due to appear before lawmakers on Thursday.
Reacting to Malami’s assertion, Falana insisted that the National Assembly had the power to summon the president.
Falani, in a statement, said: “For his part, the honourable attorney general of the federation questioned the constitutional power of the National Assembly to invite the president on the grounds that as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, it cannot be compelled to disclose the operational details of the country’s defence.
“With respect, the President has a moral and legal obligation to honour the invitation.
“Having accepted the invitation, the president should not allow himself to be embarrassed by turning around to decline the invitation.”