Famous human right activist and a former director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission Patrick Lumumba, has asked those in Nigeria’s house of representatives to reflect on their performance and determine whether they are “honourable or horrible members.”
Speaking at the launch of the Green Chamber magazine, a publication of the lower legislative chamber, in Abuja on Wednesday, Lumumba said the lawmakers must perform above expectations to justify the mandate Nigerians have entrusted them with.
He said the lawmakers must beget good things for the country, and not midwives who “kill the children of the creator.”
“You are the successors of Nigeria’s great leaders. The question that you must ask yourself now that you have been given the honour and privilege of serving Nigeria, you should ask yourself, are you honourable members of horrible members,” he told them.
“The question as to whether you are honourable is determined by the service that you render to people. When we read the magazine, we want to see the works that you have done. And we want to see honourable members, not horrible members.
“Now that Nigerians have given you the opportunity to think for them, the question is: are you midwives of the good things for Nigeria or are you midwives that kill the children of the creator.
“Today you are the leaders, even as I am congratulating you, ask yourself do you deserve to be congratulated.”
Lumumba added that Nigeria has been “becoming great for too long,” and that “the time is now that Nigeria must be great in fact.”
“Nigeria should be in the same space economically as Germany is; Nigeria should be in the same space politically as the United States is,” he said