Editor's note: Gabriel Ikese, a political analyst based in Jos, Plateau state in this piece described Legislators as an embodiment of untainted character with high level of integrity, uprightness and moral decency.
Ikese however, condemned the attitude of Nigerian lawmakers as regards to the 2019 budget and calls for an attitudinal change.
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The ideal of popular election of Legislators is generally regarded as admirable. Yet the selection process does not always permit the widest possible choices. And that has been our albatross here in Nigeria.
The legislature is expected to reflect the electorate’s preferences, but that is in the Whiteman countries, not in our clime. In the 8th session of the National Assembly, it is rarely the case. If you followed the antecedents of our lawmakers and the trajectory of the NASS, you will obviously smell the dead rat.
In saner democracies around the globe, the legislature is an institution of reputable model for discipline and patriotism.
It is the sanctimonious fulcrum of any working democracy as showcased in the America system.
Legislators were embodiment of untainted character with high level of integrity, uprightness and moral decency.
But that is clearly not our portion as the difference is miles apart.
Perhaps for the enormity of our sins against God the Father, He decided to inflict us with such pains, not with epidemic disease as alluded to by Governor Yari of Zamfara State, but allowing this 8th class of Lawmakers to represent us.
The 8th NASS appears to be completely deficient of any sterling qualities and became the cynosure of chronic legislative rascality, demonic impunity and financial impudence.
Another budget session is here again, and the NASS has begun to manifest the usual symptoms of chronic insensitivity and unpardonable cluelessness.
They are poised to throw up another frivolous mischief to undermine the 2019 budget process even before it is laid on the floor of the combine congress. The recurring acrimonious uproar that accompanied the passing of our budgets over the past 3 years is regrettably appalling.