Political stakeholders have been warned to stop Interfering in the appointment of the National Assembly Clerk in the overall interest of the country.
The Conference of Civil Society of Nigeria gave this warning during press conference in Abuja yesterday .
The Chairperson of the Conference of Civil Society of Nigeria, Adams Otakwu, while addressing newsmen, said that the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), which is statutorily empowered should be allowed to do its job.
He noted that rather than allow bureaucratic institutions to operate within the armbits of their statutory functions and powers, these critical organs of governance have been subjugated and tied to the apron strings of the high and mighty, whose whims and caprices they are compelled to fulfil at the expense of overriding national guard interest.
Otakwu said: “We have keenly watched recent developments in the National Assembly, and have observed this obnoxious, capricious and pernicious powerplay rear its ugly head in an ordinary day-to-day affair, with the ongoing success of the Clerk to the National Assembly.
“It is no longer secret that the strategic position of the Clerk to the National Assembly is about to lapse, necessitating the need for a new sheriff in town. In saner climes, the pecking order is sacrosanct and the succession is effected, devoid of hullabaloos and shenanigans. Unfortunately, this is currently not the case for the self-acclaimed giant of Africa, the most populous black nation and indeed, the biggest economy on the continent.”
He further said that Civil Society, as the conscience and watchdog of the nation has been aghast over the past couple of weeks, as the succession process of the Clerk to the National Assembly has been dogged by controversies and seemingly never-ending backs and forths in this purely institutional process.
“We are all the more perturbed owing to the seeming interference with the appointment of the overly sensitive position of the Clerk to the National Assembly, who is constitutionally mandated to swear in the members of the incoming 10th National Assembly and supervise the election of the principal officers of same at inception.
“It is in this regard that we implore all those concerned to eschew their parochial and primordial considerations and allow the rules guiding the process to take their well-established course.
“We need not be reminded that the National Assembly Service Commission is statutorily empowered to marshal the rules, and superintendent the hiring and firing of all the National Legislative bureaucracy, inclusive of the Clerk to the National Assembly.
“This status quo ante should and must be maintained no matter whose ox is gored. The political elites must unlearn their unacceptable habits of bending the rules to achieve any diabolical designs. They must learn to play by the rules and desist from making our national legislative bureaucracy, viz a viz our entire country a gazing and laughing stock in the comity of nations.
“As the venue and voice of the masses, we express readiness to advance the course of our hard-earned democracy and protect all its institutions from the movers and shakers of the political field. All legal and democratic arsenals at our disposal shall be unleashed to rein in the incorrigible anti-democratic forces that have assayed to subjugate our institutions and structures,” he said.