By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Diaspora and Non- Governmental Organisation and Civil Societies who represents Osun Central at National Assembly, Senator Surajudeen Basiru has said he is in support of Diaspora voting but there are challenges to be addressed before giving it a nod.
Basiru said for votes to be valid, the voters must be registered, the votes must be traceable to a particular locality in Nigeria, which the Diaspora voters might not meet up with.
Basiru stated this while delivering a lecture titled “Democracy and the rule of law” at Kwara state Correspondents’ chapel programme tagged “News Keg” held in Ilorin on Thursday.
He said, “I’m in support of Diaspora voting but there are challenges. The voters must be a registered voter in a particular locality. The votes coming from Diaspora will it constitute 37th state votes? e must look at the locality of Diaspora voting.
“So many issues like these are been looked at by the federal government,” he explained.
He called for the appointment of more judges and supplying them with research materials so as to reduce the workloads on those on ground.
The Senator also said productive activities remain the only antidote to kill poverty and unemployment in our society and country at large.
“What can Nigerians do with their hands? Gone are the days’ people repair umbrella, shoes, how do we produce what we use locally. We need to go back to the reproduction, training our people so as to be reproductive,” he said.
He said anyone saying legislators take exorbitant amounts home should as well contest for either red or green chambers.
According to him, taken “together, democracy and the rule of law are interlinked and mutually underlined the purpose and essence of governance, the challenge for any evolving democracy like Nigeria is to develop a legislative framework and build key state institutions of democratic governance to ensure rule of law and facilitate meaningful popular participation.
“The greatest threat to any democracy, therefore, is the wanton manipulation of the electoral process in Nigeria organizing election has been the major problems in advancing democracy and the rule of law”.
On state Police, he said,” at different fora, I have called for the creation of state police, even as Attorney-General of the state of Osun.
“I have experiences that suggest the necessities for state Police. It’s still not too much to lend more voice to this call and I think the present security challenges we are faced with has made it more than a call but a necessity which the government must seriously look into.”