The lawmakers of the regional super-power, Nigeria, were angered at what they see as the non-recognition of their country’s role in ending Gambia’s political crisis by the ECOWAS parliament.
Members of Nigerian delegate to ECOWAS parliament have criticized the legislative body’s non-recognition of Nigeria’s role in resolving the political impasse in The Gambia.
The parliament, at the end of its first ordinary session in 2017, drafted a motion and accompanied by resolution wherein the role Nigeria played in ensuring peaceful transfer of power in the Gambia was not properly acknowledged.
“If you refuse to acknowledge such a country and personality in a manner that will encourage them to do better in future, then what is the purpose of the regional organization,” queried Deputy Speaker, House of Representative, Yusuf Suleiman Lasun.
Lasun said President Muhammadu Buhari was not accorded the proper recognition and acknowledgment he deserves for his active role in ending the political crisis in The Gambia, which led to delays in the presentation of Nigeria’s 2017 budget at the National Assembly.
“Then when it comes to discussing Nigeria, we are just like a footnote. As a Nigerian, I cannot stand in an environment where Nigeria is not properly accorded when we involve our money and human resources,” he said.
Lasun, who is also the First Deputy Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, said Nigerian leaders had fought relentlessly to ensure that countries in Africa are liberated.
Nigeria is funding about 80% of ECOWAS parliament’s budget, threatening that the country may withdraw its contribution to the regional legislative body if its leaders are not properly acknowledged.
“We cannot continue to say we are the big brother in Africa, spending our money and human resources and we are not being recognized and acknowledged. People think we are equal. In this case, we are not,” he said.
Lasun, however, urged the parliament to visit Nigerian acting President, Yemi Osinbajo to show concern about the health status of president Buhari, who is away in London for medical purpose.
Former Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh plunged the country into crisis when he refused to step down after losing the last December presidential election, prompting regional pressure and a threat of military intervention.
Nigeria deployed its newest naval ship and alpha fighter jets for the ECOWAS military intervention that flushed Jammeh out of power and restored constitutional rule in The Gambia.