Acting President Osinbajo rejects Dangerous Drugs Bill passed by Nigerian Senate

Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has written to the Senate, saying he has withheld assent to four bills passed by the National Assembly.

The bills are Dangerous Drugs Amendment Bill 2016, National Lottery Amendment Bill 2016, Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund Amendment Bill 2016, and Currency Conversion Freezing Order Amendment Bill 2016.

Professor Osinbajo gave several reasons for the rejection of assent to the bills and said the bills have been returned to the National Assembly.

“Dear Senate President,
Re: Withholding of assent to Dangerous Drugs Amendment Bill 2016
Pursuance to Section 58(4) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, I hereby convey to the Senate my decision to withhold assent to the Dangerous Drugs Amendment Bill 2016 recently passed by the national assembly.
The rationale for withholding assent to the bill are the concerns regarding certain words and phrases utilised in the draft bill that may be inconsistent with the principal act, for example, section 6 of the bill with section 21 of the principal act and the spirit behind the proposed amendments.
Distinguished Senate President, please accept the assurances of my highest consideration.
Professor Yemi Osinbajo
(Acting President),” the letter read.

Osinbajo had last week assented to seven bills passed by the legislature.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who read Osinbajo’s letter to senators during plenary on Wednesday, said the chamber would seek legal advice on the matter as it had to do with separation of powers.

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