The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday called on the federal government to engage agitators across the country rather than employ the use of force.
This is as the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa argued that the use of the military in an attempt to quell agitations for secession would not yield the desired result since it is part of democracy for a people to speak out concerning how they are governed.
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The speaker, who made the comment during the debate on a motion about the 22 years of unbroken democracy in Nigeria raised by Hon. Setonji David commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing an executive order granting autonomy to state legislatures and judiciary and for honouring the late MKO Abiola with the declaration of June 12 as democracy day.
He urged the government to engage the groups and called on the National Assembly members to go beyond weeping on the floor of the House but to truly rejig the constitution.
“For the southern governors, having stated their position, they should not go to sleep. They should follow it through,” the speaker said in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Eromosele Ebhomele.