The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday voted on some bills in line with attempts to review the nation’s Constitution.
The voting which was done electronically saw the red chamber vote for a 35 percent representation of women in political appointments (good stuff).
In its usual manner of being self-serving, the upper legislative chamber decided it was ‘wise’ to include a bill titled, “Immunity for legislators for acts in course of duty”. Whatever “acts in course of duty” means is yet to be explained to the Nigerian people, but this doesn’t deny the fact that the legislators only think about themselves.
Immunity for legislators for Acts in Course of Duty
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Of the 94 senators who voted on the bill, 93 voted in favour while only one (whoever this senator is deserves a national award) voted against, that amounts to 98.9%.
The question to consider is why on earth do senators need immunity? It appears they are ready to go toe-to-toe with the executive i.e. The president, the Vice president, governors and their deputies in this immunity jamboree.
Since the legislators are yet to explain what they mean by “acts in course of duty”, it’s our prerogative to bring out some possible “acts” they may be referring to, which may include, corrupt practices, financial crimes, murder, economic sabotage, terrorism.
What do these senators have to hide? What exactly do they take the citizens for? It is yet to be seen how Nigerians will react to this latest development, but the senate has once again shown how insensitive they are.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.