Rep. Farouk Lawan, a former Chairman, Education Committee of the House of Representatives was relieved of his position on “moral ground’’.
The Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Rep. Zakari Mohammed, made the explanation when he briefed the media in Abuja on Wednesday.
Lawan was initially suspended following allegation of 620,000 dollars bribe against him by a Lagos-based businessman, Mr Femi Otedola.
Mohammed (PDP-Kwara) said that the house and Lawan had been “convicted in the court of public opinion’’ even though the matter was in court.
“The issue of Lawan is interesting because the house was so much lampooned in the public sphere for not taking action.
“As we speak, the issue is in court, but the question is how will he preside or oversight some of the agencies of the education ministry.
“We believe that as a matter of morality, another person should preside. We are not passing a guilty verdict on Lawan who is an honourable and cognate member of the house.
“We respect him because he has done wonderfully well in his own rights for the house. So much has been said about his matter and we as a house have taken our position.’’ He added.
Mohammed noted that appointment into the leadership of committees was the prerogative of the speaker.
According to him, he decides who to appoint and when to, Lawan can still be given a position at a later time in the house.
The legislator explained that the decision was not about Lawan as a person, but about the institution of the parliament.
He stressed that the leadership of the house was committed to anything that could strengthen democracy.
NAN reports that Lawan was on March 21, replaced by Rep. Aminu Suleiman (PDP- Kano). (NAN)