The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, on Tuesday cautioned politicians to shun comments capable of heating the polity.
Tambuwal gave the advice when the Alhaji Abubakar Baraje led-Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, National Working Committee (NWC) paid a courtesy visit to the leadership of the House.
“We must abstain from making comments capable of heating the polity unnecessarily.
“I want to caution that Nigerians need peaceful atmosphere to conduct their businesses,” he said.
He also enjoined politicians to place national interest above personal interest.
“Let us therefore make conscious effort to allow national interest take the driving seat and not our personal ambitions”.
According to him, members of the House are concerned about the development in the country, especially the face-off within the PDP.
He noted that the development had exposed the status of culture of intra-party democracy and inter-party intolerance.
The speaker said that democracy could only flourish where there were strong political parties and well developed institutions and an enduring democratic culture.
“We must all conduct ourselves strictly within the confines of the 1999 constitution.”
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent covering the house, reports that efforts by Baraje to read his speech were disrupted by some members of the House said to be loyal to Alhaji Bamanga Tukur led-PDP.
The governors of Adamawa, Sokoto, Niger, Rivers, Kwara, Kano and Jigawa attended the occasion. (NAN)