- Nigeria has enjoyed 18 years of democratic government after many years of military rule
- The voices of Nigerians is being heard in the parliament through the representatives
- Senate president, Bukola Saraki, says this is the difference between democracy and military rule
Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has stated that there is a difference between democracy and military rule.
This is even as he called on Nigerians to freely submit their petitions to the Senate or the House of Representatives through their representative in the National Assembly.
Saraki made this call in an interview with the Nigerian Senate TV.
He said the commitment of the 8th Senate to representing Nigerians could be exemplified by the number of petition which it had addressed in only two years.
According to him, the 8th Senate had finalised 74 petitions in only two years stressing that the number was more than what any other Senate had treated in the history of Nigeria.
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His words: “We represent Nigerians, we are voted for that, the difference between democracy and military rule is parliament.
“In Kwara central if anybody feels there has been injustice against him anywhere in the system it is me that he comes to and says you are representing me, fight for me.
“Over the years, nobody attends to such petitions but we have treated over 70 petitions in two years: I know a senate that treated only 5 petitions in four years.
“So there is an avenue now for Nigerians to go to if they feel there has been an injustice.
“That is what we are here for, that is why we created the opportunity for Nigerians to bring their petitions and we will address them and get justice.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 8th Senate hold the record to have received the highest number of petitions and in just two years have treated more petitions than any other Senate in the history of Nigeria.
However the Senate has also warned Nigerians not to submit frivolous petitions or petitions without facts and only aimed at damaging the reputation of an individual or a company.
In a related development, the Nigerian Senate has received massive commendations from Nigerians over the motion adopted which seeks to compel hospitals to treat and provide medical care to gunshot victims without necessarily obtaining a police report.
Watch the NAIJ.com TV video below of the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi talking about the achievements of the federal government.