Nigerian Speaker urges African Lawmakers to protect democracy

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has stressed the need for cooperation and engagements between parliaments in Africa, as the best way to ensure that democracy is strengthened in the respective countries on the continent.

Mr. Dogara made this known when he received Senior Members of the Ghanaian parliament who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

The speaker noted that the parliament is the first institution of democracy in all countries of the world, and as such, it is the responsibility of members of the legislature to ensure that democratic cultures and practices are deepened in their respective countries.

“If we compare even the most benevolent military regime, we will come to an irrefutable conclusion that democracy works better than military. So, we have the added responsibility of ensuring that democracy take roots in our respective countries and the only way we can do that is through this kind of interface; always meeting together like this, sharing experiences and talking about how we can further deepen democratic culture and practice in our respective countries.” Mr. Dogara added.

The Speaker, who called for the promotion of healthy competition among the two countries to advance their growth and development, said that Nigeria and Ghana share a common history and many things in common.

Earlier, the leader of the Ghanaian Parliament, Deputy Majority Leader of the parliament, Mr. Alfred Agbesi, said their visit was to learn from the Nigerian National Assembly and to further strengthen the existing relationship between the two parliaments.

“We are here to deepen, strengthen the relationship and to know what is being done here so that when we go back, we can compare notes with what is being done there,” he said.