Covid-19: Lawmaker Pleads With House To Relax Masking Rule, Says No More Cases

Olufemi Adebanjo, a member of the House of Representatives, has pleaded with the House, against the wearing of face masks in the chamber, making it known that it was affecting their respiratory organs.

 According to reports, the lawmaker, who is representing Alimosho Federal Constituency in Lagos State,  stated,  “I want to inform the National Assembly, especially the House of Representatives, concerning the masking of our faces coming into the chamber. For the past two months, I have not heard of any case of COVID in Nigeria or abroad.”

He maintained, “Mr Speaker, the masking has been a very painful one and the earlier the better we relaxed the rule that compulsorily asks honourable members to wear a mask. If you look around, you can see how many people are using the mask.”

He opined, “It affects our respiratory system and our lungs. So, there is no more COVID in Nigeria, there is no more COVID abroad. I would prefer we relaxed the rule, Mr Speaker.”

However, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Ahmed Wase, who presided over the session,  reportedly posited that, “I want to advise that as legislators, we are supposed to be compliant with the rules set for the country, the Constitution and the Acts. It is by the leave of the House and the grace of God that we have the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and they are responsible for regulating our affairs and conduct.”

He remarked, “So, it is not for the Speaker to rule on their duty that has been prescribed duly by an Act of the National Assembly. I want to beg that we should continue to comply with the regulations set for our country and the world. We note your concern. Your point of order is noted.”



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