Bill introducing south east commission causes rowdy session in the House
The Nigerian National Assembly has never been as rancorous as it was at its Thursday sitting.
Physical combat nearly came about over how to tackle a regional development issue before the lower chamber as regards what should be the best approach to reducing tension in the South East.
Apart from a few occasions that the green chamber was involved in turmoil over politics of its leadership, no rowdy session had been witnessed in the recent past.
It was all over a bill seeking to draw the Federal Government to pay special attention to the neglected south east people through creationnof South-East Development Commission(SEDC).
But a moment the preamble to the bill for the creating of commission was about to begin, more than half of the members were ragging in anger against one another, until the Speaker , Yakubu Dogara, after a serires of consultations with various caucus leafers , ruled that the bill will be reintroduced.
Reason took a flight from the chamber until all members of the House, from the South-East , openly protested and about to stage a walk out, over the levity with which some of their colleagues were treating the matter .
Their anger was nearly reaching it peak when a motion to withdrawa the bill was about to be moved .
But the re-introduction of the bill saw peace returning to the House with the Speaker assuring all that the bill will soon be re-listed.
But Mr. Niyi Durojaye, a polotical analyst, said the bill was coming at an suspicious time when marginalisation of the South East has been the driving force for the renewed agitation for Biafra.
“Whoever introduced the bill is a lover of oneness of Nigeria, because from what has been seen so far the determination among the young people behind the creation of Biafra out of Nigeria, the source of the bill must have read the handwriting on the wall.
The earlier the bill is passed the better for it,” Durojaye stated.