by Juliana Katung, Kaduna
Following last week’s physical combat that occurred in the Kaduna State House of Assembly, when some members attempted to steal the mace, there was a motion in the Assembly on Tuesday, 16th June, 2020, seeking for the members involved in the combat, which disturbed the ongoing session of that day, to face the committee on ethics and privileges, in order to give explanation on their action.
A member representing Zaria City Constituency, Alhaji Suleiman Dabo, in yesterday’s sitting moved the motion, saying the action by the members was in the public domain, especially the media, which caused the House much embarrassment, which led to the raised motion, in order to redeem the battered image of the state Assembly.
According to Dabo, their conduct was uncalled for, as they are being referred to as honorable members, and should be seen as such.
“The House, which was in session on the 11th of June, was disturbed by some members, and they include Rt. Hon. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali of Sabon Gari constituency; the former speaker, who resigned, Hon. Mukhtar Isa Hazo of Basawa constituency and the impeached deputy speaker, Hon. Dahiru Liman of Makera constituency; Hon. Yusuf Salihu of Kawo constituency, Hon. Salisu Isa of Magajin Gari constituency, Hon. Nasiru Usman of Tudun Wada constituency, and Hon. Nuhu Goroh Shadalafiya of Kagarko constituency,” Dabo stated.
He added that “The members’ disorderly action (led by Hon. Yusuf Dahiru Liman), which include obstruction of the business of the House, attempt to steal the mace, which is a symbol of authority, refusal to conform to the standing order of the House and willful disregard on the authority of the House, brought upon the House a total embarrassment as it was aired and published in all media houses and circulated in the news media has portrayed a bad image of the House and, in particular, Kaduna state as a whole.
“Disturbed by the negative comments by Nigerians, which their misconduct – which is illegal to the development of democracy and good governance generated against the Honorable House – I hereby recommend that, the members mentioned above should be referred to the committee on ethics and privileges for investigation and proper necessary action, which should be taken against them.
“I was dismayed because of what happened, which is why I felt we need to regulate the conduct of our members, as the Assembly is manned by committees, who see the affairs of the Assembly. I raised the motion so that those perpetrators face the wrath of the law,” he said.
Furthermore, Hon Tanimu Musa of Kachia constituency said “The House, which reconvened after a long time since the issue of coronavirus, was able to constitute the committees, and he was given the chairman House Committee on Information for the second time,” adding, “it was a good development as committees were well selected.”
Tanimu said the members, who were asked to face the committee on ethics and privileges, should endeavour to do so, noting that, what happened was like a coup. “As you know, when a soldier goes for coup, you know exactly what happens.”
He explained that the members have been told to appear before the committee on ethics and privileges to explain to the House what they did because we want everybody to know that it was not just a normal thing for members to do what they did. As the committee is expected to report back to the House in a week’s time, they will recommend to the House what should be done.
Meanwhile, the Honorable House in its sitting, which was presided over by the Speaker, Hon. Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani, constituted the standing committees amongst which are the committees on Information, Housing and Urban development, Human Services and Social Development, Public Works and Infrastructure, Interfaith, Legislative Compliance and Health, which will be handled by the Speaker before appointing someone else, among others.
The Speaker also appointed new Chief Whip, Deputy Chief Whip and Deputy Minority Leader. They include Hon Shehu Inusa (Kubau constituency), Hon. Bala Umar (Kakangi constituency) and Hon. Bashir Idris Gatari of Lere west constituency, respectively.