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Ezekwesili challenges House on democracy

21 August 2013, 16:46

Abuja - Days after she lashed government for perceived overspending, former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, challenged the National Assembly to embrace democracy and uphold the people's right to freedom of speech.

This follows reports his criticism of government on Monday did not sit well with some members of the assembly.

Ezekwesili remained defiant amid the reports, reminding the assembly of its mandate.

“The National Assembly should be the paragon of democratic values of respecting citizen’s voice and upholding public debate of Governance,” she said.

"The National Assembly is the sole symbol that the country is in a democracy and not the military era."

She advised operators of democracy in the country to stop "hauling abuses" on citizens when they speak on issues of governance.

The former minister on Monday said Nigeria had spent more than N1trillion (about $6.2 billion) on maintaining members of National Assembly in the past 8 years.

Amid her observations reportedly not going down well with some members, the ex-minister asked the National Assembly to publish the allocation and break down of their expenditure.

She also urged them to act on its resolution to host a public hearing on the speech she presented at a local university.

- CAJ News



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