Removal of immunity clause may cause anarchy- Plateau Senator

Gyang Pwajok, [Photo:newsdiaryonline]

The senate also rejected the idea of a five-year single term.

The senator representing Plateau North at the National Assembly, Gyang Pwajok, has told his constituents that the senate rejected their submission to remove the immunity clause for governors and the president; as its removal may cause anarchy in the country.

Mr. Pwajok said this in Jos on Tuesday during a one day parley on the constitution review process.

He said the senate, during their sittings on constitutional amendments, had adopted some recommendations made from the senatorial district; however, some which could not meet the necessary requirement as stipulated were rejected by the review committee.

According to Mr. Pwajok, one of the submissions from the zone which was contained in the final recommendation was granting local governments’ autonomy to enable democracy strive at the grassroots.

The lawmaker informed his constituents at the gathering that the quest for the middle-belt to be recognized constitutionally as a geopolitical zone in Nigeria was not accepted by the senate; same as the agitation for a new state and state police.

Other views of the zone which were thrown out , according to the Mr. Pwajok include agitation for the removal of immunity clause for serving governors and the president as well as a five-year single term for governors and the presidents.

Mr. Pwajok revealed that the senate has appointed a 25-member constitutional review committee which will again deliberate on the issues adopted before returning to the larger house.

Questions from members of the public on how to improve on the welfare of constituents during the final draft of the constitution amendment were taken by the senator.

The event brought together former senators from the zone, former and serving state lawmakers, government appointees at the state and federal level, as well as traditional and opinion leaders.


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  • oghreco

    The Senate is a group of short-sighted fortune seekers who are more interested in themselves than how the constitution and laws of the country affects ordinary Nigerians. By rejecting highly desirable constitutional amendments such as the need for Local, State and Federal Police, recognition of the Middle-belt as a geopolitical entity, removal of immunity from criminal prosecution from the governors etc., they have shown who they truly represent – themselves. The middle-belt has been a political entity even before independence but for convenience, the British fused them into perpetual slavery under the Northern region government and gave them a token by citing the headquarters of the Northern region in Kaduna. That is the root of all the crisis in the Kaduna and Jos. When it suits the leadership in Nigeria they compare our democratic practices with those of mature democracies such as the US and UK. Where in these countries one wonders, do they see a unitary system of government or policing. Where can they find governors who abuse the law as the ones in Nigeria do because they are above the law. Maintaining the status quo is invariably stating that the system is working whereas the contrary is the case. No doubt, the current constitution amendment will once again amount to an expensive jamboree, one which we can ill-afford.