Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on Wednesday urged the National Assembly to apply what he termed political and parliamentary activism as part of their oversight functions, to protect the nation’s democracy from further disasters, saying the lawmakers were elected into office to help the citizenry whenever the need arises.
Gov. Amaechi spoke when the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disasters, led by its chairman, Ifedayo Abegunde, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt.
“When you see the citizens are not able to react, we must see how, we will appraise them through some level of parliamentary and political activism. You sit in the parliament to think of ways to help the citizens, because if the citizens are helpless, the parliament must be the avenue that the helpless can be redeemed, because that is the reason they were voted into power.
“The judiciary became judicial activism in 2007 when I got the Supreme Court judgment. You can also be progressives in the PDP. If the parliamentarians don’t do that, then one day, the citizens will wake up and start running for their lives. That is why you and I have the responsibility to repair the damage. We need to protect our democracy”, he said.