Femi Gbajabiamila

Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has vowed not to approve the 2021 Appropriation Bill presently before the National Assembly.

Speaking on the floor of the house before a closed-door session on Tuesday, Gbajabiamila said he would not endorse a budget that does not meet the “reasonable demands” of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

In the past 13 days, citizens across the country have taken to the streets to call for an end to police brutality.

The speaker said Nigerians expect actions and “they must deliver

In his opening remarks at the plenary on Tuesday, Gbajabiamila said he won’t sign the budget if provisions are not made for the compensation of the families of victims of police brutality in the last decade.

He also stated that he would withhold is signature if the implementation of the agreement between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government is not captured by the budget.

The Speaker noted that the expectations from the ruling class were high, stating that, “Our people expect action and we just deliver.”

He also disclosed that the House is considering the establishment of an independent body that investigate and recommends errant security operatives for sanction and prosecution. “The police cannot be above the citizens…and above the law,” he stated.

Gbajabiamila disclosed that he would be leading a delegation of lawmakers to pay condolence visits to families of some of those killed by the police, stressing that they would be honoured after the visits.