Senate President Ahmad Lawan said Nigeria must maintain a bicameral legislature consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives, because it is currently being drafted.
He said the adoption of a bicameral legislature by the framers of the constitution was intended to address the country’s diversity and ethnic composition to ensure justice, equity and fairness for all Nigerians irrespective of their background.
But the Senate President while speaking at the third University of Benin/National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) convocation ceremony which held on Monday at the National Assembly in Abuja, noted that having a unicameral legislature may create problems of non-representation and exclusion from governance for minority ethnic groups in the country, as well as inefficient representation for groups in the majority.
He said: “Nigeria has consciously adopted to have a bicameral National Assembly; it is because of who and what we are.
“Nigeria’s diversity and ethnic composition of the country requires a system that guarantees justice, equity and fair play.
“This is a deliberate decision and intention to ensure that everyone in the country is represented, and we need a bicameral legislature in Nigeria.”