Nigeria Governors crisis: Lawmaker calls for prayer to avert national doom

Inside the chambers of the House of Representatives

The lawmaker asked governors to display maturity.

The deputy chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Human Rights, Rotimi Makinde has called on Nigerians to pray for the country’s democracy which is in danger of being truncated owing to the ongoing debacle over the election of a Chairman for the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF.

Mr. Makinde, who made the call in a statement sent to media houses, Monday, said, “The recent happenings within the Nigeria Governors’ Forum called for concerns and caution and if these shenanigans are left unchecked, it’s capable of sending wrong signal(s) to the public and indeed the sleeping military juntas.”

The lawmaker said governors must be seen to consistently display maturity and fine-tune this “questionable scenario.”

“The onus lies on them to organize a befitting and civilized election to produce a leader within their limited numbers of just 36 in the interest of Nigeria,” he said.

He also said, ” In retrospect, Prof Attahiru Jega was believed to have conducted credible election in 36 states that produced these eminent Nigerians”.

Mr. Makinde said the aftermath of NGF election is a pointer to the beginning of 2015 election, apparently for losers and winners as the case may be.

“We must note that integrity is obviously central to our conception of a properly functioning political system and of professionals and stakeholders that work within it. It is instructive to also emphasize here that over the years, the House of Representatives has remained the last hope of Nigerians where the voice of the voiceless counts and where integrity and sincerity of purpose stand to be virtues that cannot and will never be compromised,” he added.

He also called on the governors, who are the “Chief Security Officers of ours 36 States” to do the needful and revert accordingly so that “our democracy can be strengthened and our country can also be better for it.”

Speaking further, Mr. Makinde said there is the need to pray fervently in this country to avert an impending doom.

“Unfortunately, our leaders are sitting on a keg of gun powder, painfully so. Enough is enough,” he said.

The NGF is now split into two factions as the loser in the chairmanship election, Jonah Jang, has rejected the result and set up a parallel forum.


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