What I want to be remembered for – Dogara
The Speaker of the House of Reps, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has said he wants Nigerians to remember the Eight Assembly as one that fought and defended democracy.
Speaking at an interactive session with some journalists, the speaker noted that each House of Reps have had their peculiar challenges, and that he presides over is entrenching democratic values and the rule of law.
“Almost all Assemblies in Nigeria have carried a certain attribute that is linked to them. In Ghali Na’aba’s House, it was the independence of the legislature; there was constant in-fighting between the Parliament and the Executive. In Masari’s House, it was the issue of third-term; they had to stamp their foot and ensure democracy was saved. In Etteh and Bankole’s House too, there were countless issues that were resolved,” he said.
“For this Eighth House of Representatives, I want people to remember us for defending our democracy. I want Nigerians to remember the Eighth Assembly as one that had the courage to say ‘no’ when there was a need to do that. It is a very difficult thing to do. It may sound very ordinary, but it is very difficult. This is due to the fact that we live in the midst of an epidemic of sycophancy.
“When you have sycophants, all they do is to interpret body language and try and read the leader’s mind so that wherever they feel the leader is going, that is where they go. I want Nigerians to remember us as a people of courage and one that fought for the common man. As a matter of fact, we have passed the North-East Development Commission Bill and that is due to the violence in the North-east. One of the things threatening our democracy is actually violence. If we lose the fight against violence, there’s no way we can maintain our civilisation.”