Nassarawa’s Assembly Show Of Shame: Four lessons learnt


Nigerians are occasionally entertained with brawl of the highest quality by our most notorious and aggressive “Legis-fighters” from time to time. To refresh our memories of popular legislators rumble in Bronix, we have the Etteh’s scandal and the free-for-all fight, The Aminu Tambuwal gate jumping and tears-gassed debacle, the Bipi’s engineered crisis in Rivers’ House of Assembly and now, we have Nassarawa House of Assembly melodrama.

One will be forced to try and answer the rhetoric question of the core of this melodrama, which is “In whose interest is this show of shame”. Your guesses are as good as mine. The Nassarawa fight script differs from others but the following lessons can be learnt.

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One of many: The Nassarawa brouhaha is not the first of its kind but one of many, where legislators display their aggressive capabilities of resolving issues rather than logical reasoning and arguments. The hallowed chamber has always been desecrated by dishonourable members, who by all means necessary served the electorate. If one thing is learned is that our legislators can fight.

In whose interest: This is a million-dollar question that has remained unanswered because an inquisitive look into the root cause of many of these crisis show, it is not electorate-driven. Etteh’s scandal was premised on renovation of residence,  Tambuwal’ gate jumping and tear-gassed saga premised on preventing his impeachment, Bipi’s episode in Rivers house of assembly was Amaechi- politically motivated and the Nassarawa drama was premised on sectional disapproval over selection on sole administrators. Another lesson that can be learnt is most of these legis-fighting are not driven by the interest of the electorate.

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Decorum cast to the wind: One of the numerous lessons that can be learnt from most of legislators’ meltdown is that decorum flies out of the window of the hallowed chamber when interests don’t align and aggressive confrontations as the last resort to resolving issues or legislations. Some may argue that legis-fightings happen all over the world but are they as consistent as ours???

Parliamentary Immunity:  Legislative immunity prevents legislators from persecution or legal implications of their activities and actions within the hallowed chamber. This clause empowers our legislators to pursue their interest or assumed general interest by all means necessary. So, the public should not act surprised or aggrieved that their outlandish actions are not legally vetted and redressed.

The Nassarawa House of Assembly fiasco is not a new thing in the political clime of Nigeria but only this time, the storyline is different and many lessons can be learnt.


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