Nigerians Condemn Proposed Immunity Clause for Lawmakers

Nigerians have strongly condemned the proposed inclusion of immunity clause for presiding officers in the legislature.

They made their positions known while contributing to a Radio Nigeria audience participatory programme, ‘Politics Nationwide’.

Many of the callers were of the view that removal of immunity would only encourage impunity and corrupt practices on the part of the leaders.

They said political officers were elected to represent the interest of the people and as such must be seen to operate with integrity.

The respondents also pointed out that removal of immunity clause would not in any way cause distraction for the presiding officers if they handled their offices with honesty and transparency.

The House of Representatives recently offered support for the introduction of immunity clause in the Nigerian Constitution, to provide cover for presiding officers of the National Assembly.

A constitution amendment Bill to that effect scaled second reading in the House on Tuesday.

Though a number of members were opposed to the move, majority of members spoke in support, as they argued that it would protect the legislature from being disturbed.


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