2nd November, 2010
A Lagos lawyer, Barrister Ebun Adegboruwa, has called on Nigerians to pass a vote ofÂ no confidence on their representatives in the national assembly because they haveÂ failed to live up to expectations.
Delivering a paper entitled: ”The Misuse of Oversight Roles of Legislatures inÂ Modern Democracy: A Case Study of Nigeria,â€ at the Lagos Airport Hotel, venue of theÂ 7th All Yoruba Youth Conference, Adegboruwa accused the countryâ€™s legislators ofÂ self serving and failing to protect the interest of the electorate.
He described most of them as businessmen who did not have the interest of theirÂ people at heart.
â€œMost assembly men are businessmen. We should pass a vote of no confidence on them.Â They are not representing us, rather what they are doing is to line their pockets.Â They are toothless bulldogs and errand boys of the executive because they cannotÂ check their excesses. They have failed to hold the executive accountable to theÂ people,â€ he stated.
Adegboruwa criticized the legislators for abusing the impeachment clause in theÂ constitution and milking the nation dry through their outrageous allowances.
â€œOur legislators are not prepared to make sacrifices. Theyâ€™ve appropriated ourÂ resources to themselves. They are not gentlemen because they fight amongÂ themselves,â€ he added.
In his own remarks at the occasion, Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde RajiÂ Fashola, who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant (Media), Mr. HakeemÂ Bello, thanked the youths for their support for his administration and called onÂ them to continue by participating in the voters’ registration exercise so that theyÂ can vote.
Chairman, Coordinating Committee of Coalition of Oodua Self Determination Groups,Â COSEG, Comrade Dayo Ogunlana, called for the empowerment of Yoruba youths, addingÂ that no youth should allow himself to be used as a thug in the forthcoming 2011Â elections.