RIVERS State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has called on the National Assembly to add political and parliamentary activism to their oversight functions in order to protect the country’s democracy from further disasters.
Amaechi reminded the members of the National Assembly that they were voted into power by Nigerians to help them (Nigerians) whenever the need arose.
The governor made this call on Wednesday when the Chairman, House Committee on Emergency and Disaster in the Federal House of Representatives, Mr. Ifedayo Abegunde-led other members of the committee on a courtesy visit to him at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
Amaechi explained that the helpless citizens of the country were looking up to the Legislature to redeem them from their condition.
According to him, “When you see the citizens not able to react, we must see how, we will appraise them through some level of parliamentary and political activism.
“You seat in the parliament to think of ways to help the citizens because if the citizens are helpless, the parliament must be the avenue that the helpless can be redeemed.
“That is the reason they were voted into power. The judiciary became judicial activism in 2007 when I got the Supreme Court Judgement. You can also be progressives in PDP.
“If the parliamentarians don’t do that, then one day, the citizens will wake up and start running for their lives. That is why you (Reps) and I (Amaechi) have the responsibility to repair the damage. We need to protect our democracy.”
The governor charged the federal lawmakers to see their responsibility as an extensive commitment that bordered on economic, social and political disasters affecting the citizenry.