Reacting to the recent face-off by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) and Federal House of Representatives over Infectious Diseases Bill 2020, the Pan-African Youth Union (PYU) has condemned in totality, the invitation of the CUPP spokesperson, Barr. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, by the Federal House of Representatives under the leadership of Rt. Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker.
Speaking on behalf of the union, Ambassador Oladele John Nihi who is the Commissioner for Youth Political Participation asked the House of Representatives to steer clear of political matters and focus on legislation which is the main reason they were elected.
"The invitation of CUPP spokesperson is not only on called for but a threat to the Nigeria democracy. In a country where the opposition body is being faced with heavy intimidation from elected legislators who are supposed to be occupied with their legislative duties but would rather abandon their cause and trail the path of political witch-hunting.
"This development is not only sad but pitiable but it's an attempt being orchestrated to intimidate and shut the mouth of the oppositions in the country, who are the mouthpiece of the timid electorates that elected them into office.
"The Pan-African Youth Union is maintaining a stand for the House of Representatives to with immediate effect retrace their step and call off this glaring witch-hunting vandetta and focus on their legislative duties.
"The law makers should steer clear of political matters and focus on legislation as it is expected of them by members of their constituencies. The lawmakers should halt the attempt of intimidating members of the opposition and give freedom of speech chance to strive; as we are in a democratic era," he said.
In his closing remark, Ambassador Nihi called on the judiciary not to let the decision of theirs stand as youths across the country are ready and willing to occupy the National Assembly, should this intimidation continue.