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Don’t re-elect fighting lawmakers – Makinde

PRELATE of Methodist Church Nigeria, Most Rev. Sunday Ola Makinde has condemned the recent act of indiscipline exhibited by members of the House of Representatives, describing the show of shame as political indiscipline of the highest order.

“Fighting in the House of Representatives is demeaning, it is an abuse of their political privilege, because some people elected them there and they have shown that they have respect for the persons who queued in the Sun and rain to cast their votes,” he said, urging Nigerians to ensure that those who participated in such acts of shame should not be re-elected to the hallowed chambers.

Addressing newsmen in his Wesley House office to flag off the church’s Property Week, His Eminence Makinde also advised politicians to play the game by the rule, especially as we approach another election year.

According to him, “we must avoid acts of vandalism, killing and maiming on innocent persons and rigging of votes. Let the best candidate win. Election is not a matter of do or die. If you play the politics of do or die, you will die before others die.

“For too long we have lost too many people during electioneering campaigns and we do not want a repeat of that next year,” he said, adding that lawmakers are seeking increment in their salaries when majority of Nigerians are wallowing in abject poverty without gainful employment.

Lamenting recent acts mindless killings in parts of the North in the name of religious crises, Makinde also used the occasion to advocate for adequate compensation by state governments that play host to such religious violence.


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