Saraki, Dogara won’t benefit from immunity-House of Reps

Dogara and Saraki
Dogara and Saraki 

House of Represen-tatives yesterday explained that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu as well as the Speaker of the House of Representatives and his deputy, Yakubu Dogara and Yussuff Lasun respectively will not be beneficiaries of the proposed immunity for the presiding officers of the National Assembly in the ongoing constitutional amendment

The proposed immunity was not to shield anybody, rather it was to stop unnecessary distractions of the presiding officers from the other arms of government.

Abdulrazak Namdas Made the statement, while addressing journalists yesterday said that the immunity clause which passed through second reading and referred to the House ad-hoc committee on Constitutional Amendment will pass through the normal rigorous process.

He said that the National Assembly had given the presiding officers immunity, stressing that the immunity could be dropped by the ad-hoc committee which he said were made up of experts on constitutional matters who will also get inputs from knowledgeable Nigerians.

He also insisted that “Even if the immunity is passed, the incumbent can’t enjoy it. We want to guard against distractions. The National Assembly is distracted now. It is for the future, so, there is nothing wrong for leaders to enjoy it.” However, some members of the committee also expressed their disapproval of the proposed immunity for the presiding officers, although, the House spokesman said it was not done in bad faith.

Such proposal was done for good governance, adding that for the fact that the debate took place in the chamber during plenary, did not mean that it had been adopted.

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