OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Thursday got into a rowdy session as members divided over an amendment of a proposed resolution that the detained leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, be released in compliance with several court orders.
The division emanated from a ruling by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, that the ‘divide the House rule system’ be applied following an amendment by Mr. Herman Hembe (APGA, Benue) and Linda Ikpeazu (PDP, Abia). This attracted a rowdy session that eventually led to a closed door session that lasted for few minutes.
The House resumed plenary and resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to interface with the Shi’ite and the federal government and report back its findings within one week for further legislative actions.
Earlier, Mr. Mohammed Bello (APC, Kano) had sponsored a motion under matters of urgent public importance that the Shi’ite committed an act of terrorism within the vicinity of Central Business District of Abuja which destabilised political, constitutional, economic and social structures of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Mr. Bello noted that on the 22nd of July 2019 and several other instances, the Shi’ite “have done and threaten to do an act preparatory to and or in furtherance of an act of terrorism including destabilisation and destroying of public utilities, attack on security personnel such as the Nigerian Police and Civil Defence Corp.”
He said the act seriously intimidates the population of Abuja as well as its environs and also damages or intends to damage corporate existence of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The lawmaker described the incident as disheartening as a Deputy Commissioner of Police and a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving with Channels television was among others that died.
According to him, the continuous violent blood protest by Shi’ite negate the corporate existence of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“If urgent steps are not taken to proscribe Shi’ite or declare their assembly as unlawful in Nigeria, the group may likely arm itself and turn a deadly group like Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and Boko Haram”, Mr Bello said.
Contributing to its debate, the House Leader, Alhassan Doguwa (APC, Kano) advised that the Shi’ite group and the Nigerian government should sheath their swords and dialogue among themselves to resolve the crisis.
On his part, Speaker Gbajabiamila also called for dialogue to put an end to the violent protests.
His words:”A stitch in time saves nine. There should be a dialogue. The violence may escalate into another level which we may not be able to contain”.