The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has vowed that he would not sign on the dotted lines of the 2021 budget if the presidency do not make provisions for compensation of victims of police brutality in the country and if it does not meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The House of Representatives which held plenary session today, to continue the debate of the 2021 appropriation bill.
In his statement during the plenary, the speaker described the #EndSARS protesting youths across the country as midwives of national rebirth, affirming that their demonstrations has brought about a historical moment in the country which deserved adequate recognition by lovers of democracy.
Femi Gbajabiamila also stated that it is time the nation reconsiders the system of funding education, while referring to the current one as great disservice to the entire nation.
Read his statement;
“You have moved a nation to action, and now you must join in doing the hard work of making real the vision of a juster, more prosperous, and more resilient nation.
“We see your true cause. Please do not allow your righteous cause to be hijacked by those with base motives, who see at this moment an opportunity to pursue vendettas, to spread division, exploit the many existing fissures that exist in our society and bring our nation to its knees.
“You have raised your voices and marched to demand a better Nigeria. From Abuja to Washington, to Calgary and London, your voices have been heard.
“Do not allow anybody to convince you that to withdraw from the streets now is to concede defeat.
“This is the time to move your agitation from the chaos of the streets to the painstaking deliberations and strategic partnerships that birth policy and produce legislation
“It is time to mobilise your voices in support of specific policy interventions that will deliver on our shared objectives of national renewal and a country that reflects the best of us. I thank you, your country thanks you, and history will be kind to you.”