Yemi Osinbajo (acting president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria)

Interim President Yemi Osinbajo has declined supporting four bills the national assembly sent to the executive for assent.

Osinbajo conveyed his choice in a letter read on the floor of the senate by Bukola Saraki on Wednesday.

The bills are – Dangerous drug Amendment Charge, 2016; National Lottery Charge, 2016;currency conversion freezing Amendment Charge, 2016, and Agricultural credit scheme, 2016.

The acting president said assent to a portion of the bills was withheld because of "concerns in regards to words and phrases, and the soul behind the amendment", and because of "the presence of pending legal issue".

Talking on the refusal of the acting president to sign the bills into law, Dino Melaye, a representative from Kogi west, said the executive must regard the principle of segregation of powers.

He said it was the responsibility of the executive to assent to bills made by the assembly or go to court to test them.

Be that as it may, the senate president said the matter would be alluded to the legal department of the national Assembly for guidance and interpretation.
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