Urhobo Historical Society
HOW DID NIGERIA'S NEW LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLIES RESPOND TO THE INVASION OF BAYELSA STATE?

For decades Nigeria was ruled by military fiats in which military rulers were not accountable to anyone but themselves. The new civilian arrangements are bicameral, featuring a Senate and a House of Representatives. In some pale imitation of American form of federalism, these legislative assemblies are assumed to be involved in the formulation of national policies. They have well contested their turf with a President who seems self-assured and who often preaches to the legislators on how to execute their new legislative assignments.

It is rather remarkable that there is no indication anywhere in these reports that President Obasanjo consulted with legislative leaders on his decision to invade Bayelsa State. Rather, his all-powerful National Security Council, a military body, took on the leading role in advising the President. When finally the invasion had begun, the two legislatures reacted quite differently from each other. The selections here are limited in space, but are important in weighing the prospects of Nigeria's new civilian regime.



 
REPRESENTATIVES DIVIDED OVER TROOPS IN BAYELSA
----- The Comet
 SENATE AND ALLIANCE FOR DEMOCRACY (AD) UNHAPPY WITH TROOPS DEPLOYMENT IN BAYELSA STATE
 A SENATE DELEGATION BEARS WITNESS 
TO THE DESTRUCTION OF ODI TOWN


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