Governance

Africa’s giant Nigeria elects Congressman Femi Gbajabiamila as the new speaker of parliament

ABUJA, Nigeria— The Federal Republic of Nigeria has elected a new speaker of parliament and put in place several heads of committees. Congressman Femi Gbajabiamila of Nigeria’s governing All Progressives Congress (APC) party on Tuesday emerged as the country’s new Speaker of the House of Representatives when the 9th National Assembly was inaugurated in the capital Abuja.

The 56-years old Gbajabiamila who represents the southwestern state of Lagos, was the favored candidate of the Nigerian ruling party for the House leadership.

The former majority leader of the 8th National Assembly, which was dissolved Thursday, emerged through an election to lead the lower chamber of the Nigerian bi-cameral legislature.

Sources say the election was a stem contest between Gbajabiamila and congressman Mohammed Bago, who represents the north-central state of Niger at the lower chamber, also called the Green Chamber. According to parliamentary sources, both men are of the same party.

The inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, which comprises about 109 Senators and 360 members of the House of Representative reflect every state and region of the country, occurred amid tight security, in part due to fear of terrorist attacks from Boko Haram and other terrorist sympathizers.

Nigeria is Africa’s most populated nation and a resource country.  President Muhammadu Buhari, the country’s president was recently elected and inaugurated for a second term in office.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.

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