From Dan Amasingha, Minna
The Niger state House of Assembly has disagreed with governor Abubakar Sani Bello on the curfew order restricting movement from 8am to 8pm by , changing it from 5pm to 8am instead of 8pm to 8am as earlier imposed by the governor.
The House also changed the word ‘curfew’ to ‘restriction’ , arguing that the word curfew sounded despotic and can only be used during violent crises.
The House passed the resolutions to this effect during its plenary on Tuesday, following the public outcry against the lockdown of the state as announced by the Governor in his state wide broadcast on Monday.
This action was sequel to a motion of urgent public importance moved by member representing Bosso constituency, Hon. Malik Madaki Bosso on the dusk to down curfew imposed by the governor, Alh Abubakar Sani Bello.
The member argued that the dusk to down lockdown will worsen the situation than serving as a preventative measure of the coronavirus pandemic.
He said with the worsening poverty, hunger and suffering, stopping people from hustling for their daily survival was more suicidal than anything anyone can imagine. He then called on the government to reconsider its position on the curfew.
Contributing to the debate, Hon Husseini Yabagi Akote, member representing Gbako said although the move was to prevent the threat of Coronvirus, the economic and social impact of the restricting order will be devastating to the masses.
He said other measures the state government had taking was commendable especially the sensitization campaign and other steps taking, he however insisted that curfew such as the one imposed by the governor will add more salts to the injury.
Adding to the debate, member representing Suleja, Shuaibu Liman Iya said the curfew order was more of a military term rather than civil.
He said in a situation where government ought to sympathize with the people, the curfew order was a harsh stand from the government.
He said the word ‘restriction’ was better than curfew and urge the government to rethink it’s stand. He said the House was in solidarity with the government in its efforts to tackle the coronavirus menace.
The House subsequently pass the motion with a resolution that the word’curfew’ be changed to ‘restriction’ and 5pm to 8am should be the period for restriction of movement.
The House also directed the security agencies to be civil and not to harrass, intimidate and extort the citizens as they enforce the restriction order.