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Speakers Move To End State Assemblies’ Crises

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The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria has set up a reconciliatory and fact finding Committee to intervene and amicably resolve the crises in some state Houses of Assembly in the country.

This was part of the decision reached at the end of the third Quarter General Meeting of the Conference which took place in Maiduguri, Borno State.

According to the Communique issued after the meeting, Chairman of the Conference and Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the intervention became necessary because of the need, “To not only ensure amicable resolution of the crises, but also to ensure good governance”.

It was agreed that the Judiciary especially the lower courts should exercise caution by not interfering with constitutionally assigned roles already undertaken by the Legislature but should wait until the conclusion of such matters.

It was noted that Judiciary is fast becoming a clog in the advancement of our democracy and strongly decries a wave of recent judgments un-democratically preventing state assemblies from performing their constitutionally-guaranteed functions of oversight of the Executive arm of government relating to cases of bribery and corruption.

“We call on the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the National Judicial Council to check this trend before judges truncate our democracy,” the Communique added.

The Conference also called on the Nigeria Police to be more professional in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities by desisting from invading and occupying state Legislative Houses in the country.


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