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Reps reject bill that will allow citizens sue the government

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The House of Representatives has rejected the amendment bill which would have empowered Nigerians to sue the government for lack of basic services.

The bill was blocked for a second reading after its sponsor, Sergius Ogun, led the deliberations during the plenary on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.⁣

The bill sought to alter Section 6 of the constitution to allow the judiciary to allow lawsuits from Nigerians who expect the government to be held accountable for failing to provide its citizens with basic needs. ⁣

“What this bill is basically saying is that it should be amended so that people can take the government up when they fail to deliver on some of these basic objectives to the society,” the lawmaker said.⁣

Muhammed Monguno, who supported the idea of the bill but was against enforcing it, cautioned that passing the bill would cause a chaotic reaction as the government cannot realistically provide for all its citizens.⁣

“If this bill is passed, it’s an invitation to chaos and anarchy. There’s no state that will guarantee, to the extent of allowing it to be justiciable, putting food on every citizen’s table, or providing health care to each and every citizen to the extent that any act of failure or neglect on the part of the government will make the government liable,” he said.⁣

Herman Hembe, another lawmaker noted that socialism has never worked anywhere in the world, but collapsed countries instead.⁣

While advocating for a compassionate government, the lawmaker said passing the amendment bill would cause more problems that can collapse the system.⁣

“The only thing that works is a system where people work and earn their keep,” he said.⁣

The majority of the lawmakers voted against passing the bill for a second reading when it was put up for a voice vote by Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase.⁣

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