Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said due to the rampant corruption, injustice, crushing poverty coupled with the general disaffection of the people with the ruling elite, a revolution is due in the country.
The Speaker said from all indications, the necessary reasons for any talk of revolution to be taken seriously, was widely evident.
Tambuwal stated these in Lagos on Tuesday at the 2013 Distinguished Management Lecture of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) where he was guest speaker.
The occasion had the theme, ‘The role of the legislature on the economic, infrastructural and ethical revolution in Nigeria’.
He said, “The most compelling reasons for revolution throughout the ages were injustice, crushing poverty, marginalisation, rampant corruption, lawlessness, joblessness, and general disaffection with the ruling elite. You will agree with me that these describe conditions in our nation now, to a very large degree.”
Represented by Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, who is the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, Tambuwal said over the years, successive governments made failed to deal with this menace.
“That these conditions exist is well known to all persons in authority but the results of these successive efforts have failed to yield the desired results. This therefore is the justification for the radical change from the present approach to a revolutionary one,” he stressed.
Speaking from the legislative angle, Tambuwal said the most critical role that the legislature plays is through the annual appropriation bill, as every year, in accordance with the Constitution, the executive submits its budget estimates for legislative scrutiny.
He added that as representatives of the people, the legislature ensured that the more critical needs of the people got priority attention even as efforts were made to ensure equitable distribution of projects.
He said, “The effort of the National Assembly to handle appropriation to meet the yearning and aspirations of the people has been met with serious resistance; yet it is something we must do.
“It is perhaps important to emphasise that if our economy is to be turned around, our annual budgets must prioritise programmes and projects that deliberately address issues of poverty alleviation, job creation and security of lives and property.”