In the spirit of Nigeria’s 55th independence anniversary, the House of Representatives yesterday mandated its Speaker,Hon. Yakubu Dogara to intervene in the challenges faced by the Chairman of the National Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki, who is currently facing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), with the view of finding a solution and protecting the legislature, as an institution, and the country’s democracy.
This is as the House also mandated its leadership to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari with a view to resolving all outstanding issues relating to the National Assembly in the interest of Nigerians.
These resolutions followed a motion of urgent public importance entitled “Motion On Nigeria’s 55 Years Of Independence: Need For Vigilance”, which was sponsored by Hon. Raphael Igbokwe. Minority leader of the House, Hon. Leo Ogor, in proposing an amendment to the motion said, “Mr. Speaker should find out what is happening to the President of the Senate and get back to us on how we can protect the Chairman of the National Assembly”.
He explained that an “injury to one person is injury to all” adding that federal lawmakers must come together to protect legislature as it is the cradle of democracy. Raising the motion earlier, Igbokwe had said, “the journey to nationhood has its challenges, we must therefore congratulate the Nigerian people for their patience and sustained support for our democratic institutions since 1999 and be encouraged by the fact that Nigeria has the potentials of economic growth and be a safer place for everyone to live in.
Thus, we must not forget where we are coming from”. He further explained that there are good reasons to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the country in spite of its challenges just as he added that the occasion also offers another opportunity to reflect on Nigeria’s past and plans for the future.
Also speaking on the floor of the House, Hon. Aliyu Wudden said that democracy has further united the country despite the difference emphasizing that there is the need for the country to celebrate its 55th independence anniversary.
Speaker Dogara had on Tuesday lauded Saraki for submitting himself to the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) but cautioned on due process.
He also hailed members for their maturity in avoiding the escalation of the situation through commentaries in the media.
“While commending the President of the Senate for submitting himself to the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal in the recognition that no person is above the law, I wish to caution that there is need for great circumspection in times such as this in order to maintain proper focus in pursuit of the common good”, Dogara had said.
– Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja