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Buhari And The Disruptive PDP Lawmakers: Why Tramadol & Codeine Addicts Should Be Banned From NASS

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Buhari And The Disruptive PDP Lawmakers: Why Tramadol & Codeine Addicts Should Be Banned From The National Assembly

By Gbenga Omotosho

Nigerian lawmakers were at their best again yesterday. They heckled President Muhammadu Buhari as he presented next year’s budget to the joint session of the National Assembly. To his credit, Buhari remained composed all through as they jeered, sneered and grumbled. He only advised the unruly lawmakers to behave because “the world is watching”.

Did they listen?

Not for them a thought on all the fine components of the document – the coming minimum wage, the explanation of the controversial subsidy issue, the battle to diversify the economy and all that. They seemed to have set out to embarrass Buhari.

Is anybody surprised?

Not at all. It would have been baffling if the lawmakers had sat through it all with the sobriety that such an occasion demands. The vacuous expression on their faces – those who were not snoring that is – showed it all. Little wonder they soon relapsed into the drama they so much love to sell as lawmaking, throwing up their arms like touts struggling for the control of a motor park. Indecorous.

Here are people whose pay is one of the best kept public secrets anywhere. They do not know which party has the majority. National Assembly workers are not paid. Bills are piling up.

The lawmakers may have conducted themselves as beer parlour clients because, as a colleague observed, Nigerians have seen that many of them are, indeed and in fact, lawbreakers.

He asked: “Didn’t they say tramadol and codeine are banned?.



  1. Joshau Ignettu

    December 20, 2018 at 2:43 AM

    They should call them lawbreakers. All their certificates is fake no wonder they are behaving like touts

  2. iron bar

    December 20, 2018 at 3:18 AM

    Balance your reporting ,both teams showed their is cheering four more years as u can hear clearly on the video clips and others booing him..our nass members lack manners from time immemorial..they fight and tear each others clothes,they climb chamber walls,they plan and steal maces at any given time.they are rogues,one of the most corrupted and highly paid legislators in the world.national assembly who are meant to check mate executive lawlessness are cheering four more yrs,invariably capmaigning in a hallowed chamber.what a shame..about time we do away with both assembly..its either senate or house of reps only.

  3. Fifelomo

    December 20, 2018 at 7:45 AM

    A won agbaya gbogbo.

  4. Musa Sule

    December 20, 2018 at 12:20 PM

    I agreed with iron bar. Though l don’t necessarily share the unruly behaviors of our law makers. My observation has to do with both parties.
    Let’s not forget that there are those bitter that they may not come back in both parties.

  5. Rosy

    December 25, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Buhari is just making sure he wins the hearts of people to vote him in. tactics

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