The quality of the political conversations in society, particularly in the lead-up to elections is a determining factor in the electoral outcomes and the quality of governance that will result therefrom
Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says the quality of political conversations among gladiators will determine the outcome of the Feb. 25, general election.
Gbajabiamila said this at the resumption of the House seating for the 2023 legislative session in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said as the country approached the general election, there had been a marked increase in violence and vicious attacks on political actors in parts of Nigeria.
“We must unite to ensure this dangerous trend does not lead to circumstances that threaten the forthcoming elections.
“The quality of the political conversations in society, particularly in the lead-up to elections is a determining factor in the electoral outcomes and the quality of governance that will result therefrom,” he said.
Gbajabiamila said that when political discourse sought to unite the people behind an agenda of shared prosperity, social development, respect for the humanity of persons, governance would also reflect such priorities.
He said that the security and welfare of the people should be the primary purpose of government, adding that with this, the constitution obligated all to protect the lives and property of citizens.
He said there was need to adopt politics of accommodation and brotherhood and that the government should ensure that no security challenge was allowed to threaten the country’s peace.
“This is our constitutional obligation and a moral duty from which we must not deviate,” he said.
The speaker said that over the last few appropriation cycles, the dire conditions of the national finance required significant borrowing to finance government operations.