Speaker of the Nigeria’s House of representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday, condemned what he called a spate of impeachment of speakers of states houses of assembly, saying except the trend was reversed, the nation’s democracy would face jeopardy.
Dogara spoke at the plenary on Tuesday while welcoming back lawmakers from the Christmas/New year break.
The Speaker who expressed revulsion at the frequency of impeachment at the state level said something must be done to arrest the situation.
His exact words: “The recent spate of impeachment of Speakers of Houses of Assembly of States gives cause for grave concern,” he said.
“While we recognize the constitutional right of the legislature to conduct its internal affairs including the right to hire and fire its leadership, it presents a different scenario where such leadership hiring and firing is rife with accusations and insinuations of external influence and also devoid of extant procedure.
“Leaders everywhere can only function efficiently where there is certainty that commendation is the reward for good leadership and sanction the consequence of inept leadership,” he said
Dogara argued that Nigerian legislature needs to be afforded an opportunity to blossom if our democracy is to ever mature into adulthood
Already, the House Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution is considering bills that will grant financial autonomy to the state Houses of Assembly.