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Kudos to Tambuwal: A Fearless Legislator


Kudos to Tambuwal: A Fearless Legislator

*Nigeria: Kudos to Tambuwal - A Fearless Legislator

By Amiru Adamu

Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, speaker of the Nigerian house of Representatives has demonstrated courage,intelligence and goodwill towards the Nigerian masses through his actions and commitment regarding issues that affect Nigerians directly. This is not un-connected to the fact that he was elected by his colleagues independently without giving in to the will of the political Godfathers,who dictate who should be what in the Nigerian political arena. The emergence of Hon. Aminu waziri as the speaker of the house of representatives was dramatic. This was because the PDP had already zoned the seat to the south west zone, in-line with its in-house zoning policy. But the then newly elected legislators decided to challenge the in-house arrangement by nominating and electing Hon. Aminu Waziri as their speaker despite political pressure from the supporters of zoning. Hon. Tambuwal did not disappoint as he led the house to assert its independence and debate issues that affect the lives of Nigerian masses without the usual influence of the executive arm of government. One of such issues was the subsidy withdrawal debate, that sparked off protests all over the country in january. ( Continues below...... )

Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

Photo Above: Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

Though the protest started while the house was on recess, the speaker decided to summon back its members,so as to weigh the issues at hand. This attempt to reconvene was viewed as a threat by political jobbers,who tried all sorts of tricks to stall the move to reconvene the house. At last, the house reconvened and held a passionate debate with most members lamenting the hardship Nigerians will go through due to fuel subsidy removal. The house then concluded the debate with a historic resolution rarely seen before Tambuwal's reign, by asking the federal government to suspend the withdrawal of subsidy from fuel. In its reaction to the outcome of the resolution of the house, the NLC in a press statement said "The House of representatives displayed exemplary leadership in not just cutting short its break,but also meeting on a sunday. If other arms of governance work with the exemplary speed, seriousness,sensitivity and patriotic zeal as the house of representatives did today;our country would be a far better place to live." The house also went further to establish an ad-hoc committee to verify and determine the actual subsidy requirements and monitor the implementation of the subsidy regime in Nigeria. The speaker appointed another patriotic and fearless Nigerian legislator,in person of Hon. Faruk lawan to chair the committee. The committee got down to business and held series of interviews, public hearings etc with stakeholders in the oil industry. After months of rigorous investigations and enquiries, the committee submitted its report back to the house. ( Continues below...... )

Nigeria National Assembly Complex

Photo Above: Nigeria National Assembly Complex

The indication that the committee's report would be revealing,prompted political jobbers to put pressure on the speaker in order to stop the report from seeing the daylight. But as always the speaker decided to put Nigeria first and make public the findings of the subsidy committee. In his speech after receiving the report,the speaker said "The probe of the oil sector has raised so much dust from certain segments of the polity such that it became clear that the intention was to frustrate it. For those who regard the oil sector as a secret society or sacred cow, I wish to state without equivocation that it is not. All public agencies in the oil sector are the creation of acts of the National assembly and this honourable house has no powers to legislate for the creation of secret societies........." The house of representatives has already forwarded the amended report to the president and other relevant government agencies for their information and necessary action. The exemplary conduct of the members of the house,signifies the end of an era of self representation, when members of the house took sides completely with the government abandoning the masses that elected them as representatives. The Nigerian House of representatives today,is what a parliament should be like. We must give a thumbs up to its leadership for making it possible. The actions of the speaker and his colleagues gives Nigerians hope for a better tomorrow. Right Honourable Aminu Waziri's courage has earned him admiration and support among Nigerians,most especially in his state of origin sokoto,where many are considering pressurising him to contest for the governorship of the state come 2015. I will like to use this medium to urge Mr speaker to keep up the good work,as history will judge his effort to sanitise the business of governance and uphold transparency in Nigeria.

Amiru Adamu is the publisher of Northern Wind Magazine.

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05/08/12 @ 17:25
Comment from: sadiq [Visitor]
sadiqI really appreciate the efforts of the Hon. Speaker, House of Reps and his able chairman Committee on Subsidy Regime, Hon. Farouk Lawan. What I can say here is prayers for you for Allah's protection throughout your tenure and beyond In-Shall-Allahu.May you continue to do what you are there for and not the selfish individuals. Nigeria is a country that has potentials to grow high and be among the World's leading nations but with the present levels of corruption in the country, attainment of such gpoal is becoming difficult. It is our prayers that this level of corruption should be reduced drastically if not completely. There should be strong insitutional arrangement to eliminate corruption by enacting a law to sentence an offender to either death or life imprisonment. It will deter many from corrupt tendencies in the country. Thanks for your efforts and I hope other legislators that are there and those coming will follow suite the steps have already taken to put our Dear country in shape.
05/09/12 @ 07:55
Comment from: ugochukwu ugwu, Esq. [Visitor] Email
ugochukwu ugwu, Esq.The Speaker has shown some courage that will forever speak. However, the battle is not yet won since the Executives will implement the Report. I will advise that he should take a further step in organising the good heads in the House to force the Executives to do the needful and in the event of refusal, commence an impeachment proceedings against the President.

Those economic buccaneers are not sitting down. They are strategising to frustrate the report starting from poor and inept investigation. Credible facts are being distorted and in some occasions, destroyed to ensure that a prima facie case will be difficult to be established against them.

Nigerians are watching.
05/09/12 @ 08:05
Comment from: Elijah Samuel [Visitor] Email
Elijah SamuelAminu Waziri Tambuwal is the kind of selfless and vissionar leader Nigeria need to advance. Mr. Speaker, you are the special one, an Icon of emulation, kudos to you. And I hereby call on all Nigerian leaders to emulate your bold step.
05/09/12 @ 13:45
Comment from: ugwuoke chinedu valentine [Visitor]
ugwuoke chinedu valentineThe Hon speaker has proven to poor Nigerians there is still hope to believe in a better Nigeria,Mr Speaker you are the kind of leader we have been praying for.Kudos and let your word be your bond.
05/11/12 @ 03:23
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Matoh AbelI pray that the president is on the same page with Mr speaker with respect to fighting corruption in Nigeria and the oil sector in particular seeing that the legislator has done its part.
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