Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lowlights of Nigerian politics

It happens infrequently, but when legislators get into brawls, reporters quickly publicize the events. Here is Nigeria's latest newsmaker.

Nigeria parliament shut after tear gas fired
Nigerian security forces have fired tear gas inside parliament, just before a crucial debate on security in the conflict-ridden north-east.

Reports say the police were trying to stop House of Representatives speaker Aminu Tambuwal from entering.

Mr Tambuwal defected to the opposition from the ruling PDP last month. His former colleagues have since argued he should be stripped of his speaker role…

Parliamentarians were due to debate a presidential bill seeking the extension of the state of emergency in three states hardest hit by the militant group Boko Haram.

BBC Hausa editor Mansur Liman says many opposition MPs opposed the extension of the state of emergency because they say it has failed to bring an end to the insurgency.

Witnesses said security agents attempted to block Mr Tambuwal as he arrived at parliament, and also locked out other opposition politicians.

Two-minute video of chaos in Abuja

Images showed suited politicians scaling the gates outside of the assembly building…

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