Rejecting gender bills proved we are not rubberstamp – Reps

Benjamin Kanu, spokesperson for the House of Representatives, says the rejection of gender affirmative bills by the national assembly has proven the legislature is not a ‘rubber stamp’ to the executive.

Kanu said if the legislature was, first lady Aisha Buhari and the Vice President’s wife, Dolapo Osinbajo, would have just instructed their husbands to get the assembly to pass the gender bills.

“That is why I have commended all these people who even visited the National Assembly.

“That is the beauty of democracy, because if it was not, the wife of the President and the wife of the Vice-President would have no business coming to the House.

“They knew that it was only through lobbying, not as you have described us before as a rubber stamp, that they would just give us instructions, maybe by their husbands, and we will get it done,” ;he said.

Kanu said cultural and religious orientation of lawmakers informed the way they voted.

“It goes beyond lobbying at the last minute. It takes a lot of orientation.

“You cannot play down on our current issues with regard to emerging democracy, one of which is our religious and cultural dispositions. These things play roles; they are part of the society,” he said.

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