Abuja – Senate president Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu as well as Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and his deputy Yussuff Lasun will not benefit from the proposed immunity for presiding officers of the National Assembly in the ongoing constitutional amendment, the House of Representatives has said.
According to Vanguard, the House said this after it had just stated that the proposed immunity was not to shield anybody but to stop unnecessary distractions of presiding officers from the other arms of government.
"Even if the immunity is passed, the incumbent can’t enjoy it. We want to guard against distractions. The National Assembly is distracted now. It is for the future, so, there is nothing wrong for leaders to enjoy it," a member of House Committee on Media and Public Affairs was quoted as saying.
Reports last month indicated that some senators had demanded immunity and life pension for presiding officers of the national Assembly after their tenure in office.
Ekweremadu said at the time that it was necessary for the presiding officers to enjoy such benefits.
- News24 Nigeria