Nigeria’s Unity Tops NASS Agenda
As the Nigerian Senate and the House of Representatives resume from recess, the issue of Nigeria’s unity topped their agenda.
In a two-hour-closed-door session, the senate resolved that Nigeria’s unity was not negotiable as it called on agitators for secession to seek alternative for a peaceful co-existence in the country.
Also at the House of Representatives, the lawmakers resolved to take a second look at the laws bordering on the devolution of powers so as to give more powers to the state and local governments.
While the NASS was on recess, the Indigenous People of Biafra had challenged the unity of Nigeria as it sought secession and consequent creation of Biafra state.
The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki during the period had kicked against the proscription of IPOB activities by the governors of the southeast.
He said that the proscription and the designation of IPOB as terrorist group was not done in the right process and thus tagged it illegal and unconstitutional.
The federal government had since sought court approval to legalise the declaration of IPOB as a terrorist group.
The Senate said it would encourage agitators in the polity to seek peaceful means towards resolving their grievances.