OrderPaperToday – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara has said democracy is under threat from insecurity, poverty and harsh economic conditions.

Dogara also said the House of Representatives has resolved to ensure that all outdated Nigerian laws and statutes ‎are updated in two years time as part of the contributions of the legislature to consolidate democracy in Nigeria.

A statement issued by the speaker’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, said the speaker made these known when he received a delegation from Save Democracy Group Africa, led by former speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Ghali ‎Na’Abba Friday in Abuja.

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“The mere fact that the name of your group is Save Democracy means that democracy is under threat, otherwise we will not be talking about saving it I couldn’t agree less”, the speaker said.

According to him, “democracy is facing serious threat in Africa because of poverty.‎ The poor man doesn’t engage in democracy, he doesn’t have the tools and so is excluded from the joys of democracy.”

The speaker also said that due to the fact that any democracy is as strong as its law, the 8th House of Representatives has begun a comprehensive review of all outdated laws and that by the first quarter of next year, it would have passed all 120 draft bills.

“Democracy is only as deep as the laws are. If your laws are shallow, your democracy will be shallow,” he noted, adding, “I assure you that in the next 2 years, the 8th Assembly of the National Assembly would have cleaned all our laws and statues, that is our resolve.‎”

Speaking earlier, Mr Umar Ghali Na’Abba informed the speaker that the group plans to host an annual national political summit premised on the success of the last general elections as a platform for continuous dialogue on the politics of Nigeria.

Na’Abba sought for the summit to be institutionalised on an annual basis like the National Economic Summit organised by the private sector.

‎The national chairman of the group, former Senate leader, Ibrahim Mantu and former legislators from both chambers of the National Assembly, ex-military men and other eminent Nigerians were part of group.



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