The Niger state House of Assembly has disagreed with governor Abubakar Sani Bello on the curfew order, changing the restriction of movement from 5:00pm to 8:00am instead of 8:00pm to 8:00am as earlier imposed by the governor.
The House also changed the word ‘curfew’ to ‘restriction’ , arguing that the word curfew sounded despotic and can only be used during violent crises.
This action was sequel to a motion of urgent public importance moved by member representing Bosso constituency, Hon. Malik Madaki Bosso on the dusk to dawn curfew imposed by the governor.
The member argued that the dusk to dawn lockdown will worsen the situation than serving as a preventative measure.
He said with the state of poverty, hunger and stopping people from going about their daily hustle
was more suicidal than anything anyone can imagine. He then called on the government to reconsider its position on the curfew.
Contributing to the debate, Hon Husseini Yabagi Akote, member representing Gbako said although the move was to prevent the threat of Coronvirus, the economic and social impact of the restricting order will be devastating to the masses.
He said other measures the state government had taking was commendable especially the sensitization campaign and other steps taking, he however insisted that curfew such as the one imposed by the governor will add more salts to the injury.
Adding to the debate, member representing Suleja, Shuaibu Liman Iya said the curfew order was more of a military term rather than civil.
He said in a situation where government ought to sympathize with the people, the curfew order was a harsh stand from the government.
He said the word ‘restriction’ was better than curfew and urge the government to rethink it’s stand. He said the House was in solidarity with the government in its efforts to tackle the coronavirus menace.
The House also directed the security agencies to be civil in the dispatch of their duties and not harrass, intimidate and extort the citizens as they enforce the restriction order.