- The Senate president has been urged to champion the enactment of a bill to celebrate serving military officials
- The call was made by some Nigerians living in the diaspora
- According to these Nigerians in the diaspora, the Armed Forces personnel should be celebrated rather than demoralised
Some Nigerians in the diaspora have urged the leadership of the ninth Senate to enact an Act that would celebrate serving personnel of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
These Nigerians under the aegis of AriseNigeria urged the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, to consider a Patriot Bill to celebrate serving Armed Forces personnel rather than demoralise them.
In a communique released to journalists at the end of a general meeting to discuss the state of the nation in Brussels, Belgium, the group led by its president, Agwu Onyeke and 13 country heads, charged the Senate to set out the modalities for honouring well-deserving heroes.
It said the leadership of the National Assembly must rise to the occasion by ensuring that the hallowed chamber is not used by those against the interest of Nigeria to destabilize the country and that the call of the sack of Service Chiefs by some members of the National Assembly is undemocratic and capable of overheating the polity
"That the Senate must as a matter of national interest discontinue further proceedings on the obnoxious Armed Forces Service Commission Bill and instead pass a Nigerian Patriot Bill that will set out the modalities for honouring well-deserving heroes that demonstrate exceptional gallantry in service to fatherland," the communique said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Senate in a recent move proposed a bill for the establishment of Armed Force Commission Bill.
The bill was sponsored by the Senator representing Abia South senatorial district, Enyinnaya Abaribe.
Meanwhile, some lawyers have vowed to take legal action against the ninth Nigerian Senate over its proposed Armed Forces Commission Bill.
The lawyers numbering about 350 said they will resist any attempt by the Senate to pass the proposed bill into law in the country.
In a letter addressed to the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, and dated March 13, 2020, the lawyers under the aegis of Lawyers Initiative for Democratic Advocacy (LIDA) said it is their duty to ensure that the rule of law, justice and separation of powers are upheld for the good of Nigerians.
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