The South- East Caucus of the House of Representatives has rejected introduction of Sharia law in the Constitution.
But, The Chairman of the caucus and Deputy Minority Leader, Chukwuka Onyema have revealed that such bill have not passed second reading, but was waiting to be passed.
Speaking with the National Assembly Correspondents, Onyema said that a good number of ranking members from the southeast zone understand that all bills seeking an amendment of the constitution “shall be passed for second reading” and refferred to the Adhoc Committee on Constitution, it would be wrong to say they were caught unawares.
He assured that there was no cause for alarm as a public hearing with conducted on the bill saying, “Any matter on constitutional amendment is passed for second reading and sent to the constitutional review committee.
“ I can use the word ‘shall’, that such a bill shall be passed for second reading and sent to the committee, who will now look at it to see if should be presented for debate.
“We have experienced lawmakers in the South-East Caucus who are waiting for when this bill will be debated.
“ We are not sleeping. We are committed to working for their people and this is seen in our contributions on the floor as well as in various committees, along with oversight functions”, he added.
Also, the southeast lawmakers rejected the President Buhari’s request to the National Assembly for approval of a $29.9 billion external borrowing plan.
The caucus described it as “unacceptable,” following the exclusion of the zone in the allocation of projects by the Federal Government in the proposed plan, citing that they will only support a borrowing plan that is inclusive of all geo-political zones. This was even as they complained that details of the terms of the loans, duration, cost and application have not been made provided.