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HURIWA cautions National Assembly against draconian laws

By Ernest Nzor, Abuja
12 January 2022   |   3:55 am
Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has warned the National Assembly to halt undemocratic legislations to avoid nation-wide anti-legislature demonstrations similar to the year 2020 #EndSARS protests.

Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has warned the National Assembly to halt undemocratic legislations to avoid nation-wide anti-legislature demonstrations similar to the year 2020 #EndSARS protests.

It said it is anti-democratic for the legislature to be systematically turned into a “clearing house” for the executive arm’s application for all kinds of foreign loans.

The group disclosed this in a statement by National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and National Media Director, Zainab Yusuf.

It said consistent self-inflicted disrobing of the National Assembly’s independence is an invitation to anarchy. It predicted that the masses might go to the streets calling for closure of national and state legislatures, since they have allegedly become rubber stamps for the executive arm of government.

“Nigerians are worried that the weak leadership in the Senate and House of Representatives, and the way the Speaker and Senate President go cap-in-hand to President Buhari and accept to pass all kinds of draconian bills against Nigerians, will soon lead to nationwide demands for abolition of the legislature,” it said.

HURIWA said: “Majority of the critical masses of Nigeria are beginning to doubt the functionality of the Senate that has, since 2019, abdicated its sacred duty of carrying out transparent and accountable oversights on the executive arm of government.”

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