Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, yesterday warned of ominous signs in the polity that point to the possibility of a return to “dark days”, especially with the present efforts to scuttle free and fair elections.
He, therefore, called on politicians to avoid placing their personal interests above the national interest as doing that is capable of throwing the country into crisis.
The speaker stated this yesterday when a delegation of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room visited him in his office at the National Assembly.
“We recognise the importance of the civil society and what you do to our democracy. I believe you will not rest on your oars in this hour of our need”, he said.
Tambuwal, who was responding to the call by the group not to allow further extension of the election timeline, said “our ambitions should not be greater than the survival of our country. If you decide to do what pleases you and at the end of the day, crisis breaks, what will you do?”
The speaker, who said only the National Assembly can declare Nigeria being at a state of war, also questioned the grounds upon which some people were talking about interim government in the country, saying it was entirely unconstitutional, except a coup was in the offing.
Leader of the group, Clement Nwankwo and his deputy, Festus Okoye urged members of the National Assembly not to allow for another rescheduling of the election dates as such a move could elicit a negative reaction from the people.