More committee chairmen in Nigeria’s House of Representatives have threatened to resign their appointments over allegations of “unfair treatment” by the leadership of the lower federal chamber, Punch reports.
Its believed that the situation had unsettled many members of the House, who feared that the development would destabilise the unity among the lawmakers as well as put the nation’s democracy in danger.
Two other people among the newly-appointed committee chairmen had expressed dissatisfaction with the committees assigned to them and had vowed to reject their appointments.
Apart from the resignation threats, there are other 168 House members who were neither appointed as chairmen nor deputies and were aggrieved as a result.
Those not given any appointment were said to be angry at their “non-recognition” by Dogara.
“The truth is that some of these members complaining feel that they deserved to be chairmen of better committees,” a legislator said.
“There are ranking members who feel they were given ‘small’ committees. They expected something big, not committees that exist in name,” the lawmaker added.
However Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, who gave the stance of the leadership said members who wished to turn in their resignation could do so “so long as they follow due process.”