11 November 2012

Nigeria: Rep Escapes Mob Action in Kano

Kano — Series of complaints were expressed against the public session on constitutional review in Kano yesterday, with many people criticizing what they said was the lack of adequate awareness programmes before the event, as well as the short time set aside for it.

The public session, which commenced after 10.00 am in various local government areas of Kano State on Saturday, could not hold in Gwale Federal Constituency after thugs stormed the venue and attempted to attack House of Representatives member representing Gwale, Muhammad Bashir Husari.

Many residents of Nassarawa constituency said they were neither aware of the event nor its venue. Some participants who spoke to Sunday Trust complained of not being informed about the issues for vote prior to the event, while others said the period for conducting the exercise was too short for them to comprehend the constitutional issues before giving their votes.

"Our representatives should have made copies of these issues available to us before now, so that we could study them and make informed contributions," a law student at Bayero University Kano (BUK), Usman Sani Shagari, observed.

Our correspondent reports that contentious issues like immunity for governors, state police and derivation were roundly rejected by the participants, while the creation of constitutional roles for traditional rulers in the country received large votes.

In his remarks, member representing Nassarawa Federal Constituency, Hon Nassir Ali Ahmed, expressed happiness at the peaceful conduct of the exercise and promised to forward the position of the people of the constituency to the National Assembly.

Alhaji Muhammad Bashir Husayri escaped the mob action with the help of some residents who facilitated his escape. An eye witness, Isyaka Iliyasu, said the session ended abruptly because the member representing the constituency was attacked by some thugs, "The session started smoothly with all the important people of the local government in attendance.

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