Monday, 16 May 2016

House of Representatives in Commotion Over Oil Subsidy Removal As Members Chant "All We Are Saying, Save Nigeria!"

The House of Representatives chambers was in chaos as members, split along party lines, are debating the new deregulation of the oil sector and the removal of oil subsidy that has led to the increase of the pump price of petrol from N86.50 to N145 per liter.

PDP lawmakers are said to be angry with their APC counterparts for staging Occupy Nigeria protest in 2012 when the Goodluck Jonathan led government attempted to remove the oil subsidy.
The lawmakers are expecting the Minister of state for Petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu, who they have summoned to appear before them to explain the reason behind the recent removal of oil subsidy.

Femi Gbajabiamila, leader of the house, had moved the motion for the lower legislative chamber to admit Kachikwu into its fold.
But when Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house, put the motion to a voice vote, a majority of the members chorused “nay”, protesting against allowing Kachikwu into the chamber. 

But Dogara ruled against the majority voice which sparked a shouting match, disrupting the proceedings. Some members soon started chanting: “All we are saying, save Nigeria.” 

This continued for about ten minutes. The speaker tried to calm frayed nerves, but members in both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) divide continued to square off in a non-violent brawl. While APC members of the house shouted “change”, their PDP counterparts chanted “shame” apparently in derision. 

When normalcy was restored, Dogara called on Leo Ogor, deputy minority leader, to make his submission. Ogor suggested that the house should go into an executive session and his recommendation was upheld. 

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