Senator,Mao Ohuabunwa who represented Abia North in the eight Senate
has challenged his colleagues in the current 9th Senate not to sit on
the fence while the country burns as a result of rising cases of
insecurity but to prevail on the Executive to correct this ulgy trend.
He however challenged his colleagues in the National Assembly to rise
up to their assigned constitutional responsibilities and call on the
Executive arm of government to address the spate of insecurity in
Senator Ohuabunwa, who threw the challenge while speaking with newsmen
in Umuahia, said that the current National Assembly was too quiet and
needed to sit up.
Ohuabunwa, a former two-term member of the House of Representatives
and a one term Senator said that the level of insecurity in Nigeria
had continued to degenerate because the lawmakers had failed to hold
the Executive accountable.
The former Leader House of Representatives, tasked NASS members to
take a firm stance against Executive docility over the growing
insecurity in the land, arguing that protection of lives and property
remains the primary function of every government.
“I’m angry with the current NASS. I have been at both chambers, so I’m
in a better position to say what I’m saying.
“Killing has now become the order of the day. What raises the alarm is
the number killed. You (NASS) have moved the motion two times for the
Service Chiefs to be changed and nothing happened and you are quiet?
“This is the time for you to act, and time for Nigerians to feel you!
There must always be the fight between the Executive and the
Legislature; It doesn’t mean the absence of progress”
The former Speaker ECOWAS Parliament recalled that when he was in the
House of Representatives, a motion was moved by a member of the
Peoples Democratic Party for the impeachment of the then President
Olusegun Obasanjo despite being in the same party with the President.
Although the President was eventually not removed, the action
according to him made him to sit up and discharge his duties more
“This is the time we need them to sit up, and quickly too. I can’t
hear them at all! I have also been speaking to them privately. They
must stand to be counted at least for posterity.”
On the recent call by Senator Rochas Okorocha for progressive people
in both the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC and the opposition
PDP to form a new political alliance ahead of the 2023 general polls,
Ohuabunwa hailed the courage of the former governor to speak out but
said he was only voicing his frustration in APC.
He simply said that what Okorocha was advocating “is impossible”, and
advised him to return to PDP if he wanted to be part of efforts to
rescue Nigeria from the brink of collapse.