A group, the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, has condemned the actions of the Nigerian lawmaker following the rancorous and violent session at the House of Representatives Thursday.
The House of Representatives and the Nigerian Senate have been rocked by crisis over the election of their principal officers.
Both chambers broke into two factions, one supporting the ruling All Progressives Congress which seeks to choose the House principal officers, and another, backing the nominees of the Bukola Saraki, Senate President and Yakubu Dogara, Speaker.
The duo insist on ignoring their party’s choice of principal leaders and would rather have their supporters in key positions.
The Young Professionals Forum said the incident was unfortunate and embarrassing to the nation.
“Law makers should always be above board and never be found wanting in any way that will bring disrepute to their offices or the institution of the National Assembly.
“It should be unheard of that lawmakers will suddenly become lawbreakers right inside the chambers of the National Assembly even in the full glare of the nation on national television. Yes, democracy guarantees freedom of expression but not freedom of lawlessness.
“Our legislators must not allow young Nigerians to lose confidence & respect in them and the institution of the National Assembly because of their conduct” the statement added.
The group said the leadership tussle could have been resolved through matured and diplomatic ways instead of confrontation.
“A simple “Walk-Out” by aggrieved Honourable Members would have sent a very clear message to the leadership of the House and could have resulted into immediate resolution of this matter. We urge our legislators to always toe the path of peace always as conducts like this in the past even resulted into the death of one of our finest legislators”.
The young professional reminded legislators to be mindful that the international community, friends of Nigeria “and even children might also be watching them closely. They should show the world that our democracy has come of age and be exemplary always”.