Why the senate cannot be scrapped – Na’Allah

Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah has said the senate cannot be scrapped, stating that the Senate is fully backed by the nation’s constitution.

Na’Allah said this in a series of video interviews conducted by Bamikole Omishore, Special Assistant on New Media to the President of the Senate, published on the Senate’s Twitter handle on Monday.

The senator was responding to calls that the senate should be scrapped and the country should operate a unicameral legislature.

He said the Senate was established to create a balance in the legislature.

He added that 50% of members of the House of Representatives were northerners which could influence bills in their favour.

“People do not understand the wisdom of the framers of our constitution when they decided to domicile the issue of budgeting in the National Assembly.

“The reason for this is because of our multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic society where ever part has expressed fear of domination. Let us assume that we can have the House of Representatives and avoid the Senate, technically more than 67 per cent of the National Assembly will be from the Northern part of Nigeria.

“Democratically if everything is going to be put to vote, it means the North will always have a share in whatever is wanted in this country.

“This is not the intention of the framers of our constitution,” he said.

Na’Allah further explained that with the bicameral system, no house can override the other as they must agree on any issue.

“People who have no idea of how we came about and what the Constitution says are just exposing their ignorance by calling for the Senate to be scrapped.

“Most participants in the governance of this country, either they do not understand the constitution or they do not understand the reasons for inserting certain provisions in the Constitution,” he said.

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