- Basiru has described many Nigerian laws as obsolete
- According to him, Nigeria needs to declare a state of emergency on its laws
- Going further, he added that poor funding has hindered the reworking of these laws
Many of Nigeria’s laws have been described as “dead letters” by Ajibola Basiru, spokesman of the senate.
The Cable reports that Basiru disclosed this on a live social media programme – Politics Everywhere With SOK.
According to him, the country needs to declare a state of emergency on its laws.
Going further, he said that poor funding has hindered the reworking of these obsolete laws.
“It tells us that largely we need to declare a state of emergency on the laws of Nigeria. Most of our laws have become what they call dead letters because they are no longer useful,” the senator said in a statement.
“We know that by Section 5 of the Nigerian Law Reforms Commission Law, the commission is saddled with ensuring dynamic amendment of our laws.
“But largely because of funding, and may be lack of commitment to it, the commission has been largely in limbo.
“So, you would agree with me that we need to declare a state of emergency in terms of our laws. But then, you see there has to be a relationship between the executive and the legislature.
“I want to enjoin the attorney-general of the federation and the Law Reform Commission and particularly the executive to take the issue of some of our laws reform very serious.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Shehu Sani, a former senator who represented Kaduna Central has expressed utter disgust over how Nigerian lawmakers "lazily" plagiarise some of the laws of Singapore into Nigeria.
In a tweet by the former lawmaker, critic and activist on Wednesday, May 20, Sani described as embarrassing the way Nigerian legislators "are lazily streamlining" laws of the Asain country.
"It’s embarrassing how some of our legislators are lazily streamlining Singaporean laws into the country," the 52-year-old former lawmaker tweeted.
Vocal and revolutionary, Sani was a senator in the eighth Senate led by Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki. He was the Senate committee chairman on local & foreign debts during the 4-year legislative experience.
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