By Saidu Ahmed Enagi
In 58BC, Senator Marcus Cicero, Roman Philosopher and Politician in his proactive speech before the Roman Senate declared: “For there is but one essential justice which cements society and one law which establishes this justice, this law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandment”.
2015 general election is a psychological moment that will define and radically resolve a lot of fundamental issues in Nigeria politics for the sake of national salvation. The big rhetorical question that would have reverberated in my psyche if I were a senator or member of parliament will be ” our political conscience will always find a way to reconcile with our deeds and political actions, at the end the history of our past struggle will justify to the people whether with the nature and matrix of the political reality before us, we deserve one more term to complete a fraction of our service to humanity at the hollow chamber?”.
When Senator Zaynab Kure was voted into power in 2007 to serve as a Senator in the Nigeria National Assembly; the popular expectation was for her to be a productive and responsible representative. Since her ascension to power, Senator Zaynab Kure has been a vocal democrat with a quintessential sense of visionary leadership for the strategic development of the federal republic. Like the Italian Marxist thinker and politician Antonio Gransci, Senator Kure went to the Senate with an innovative frame of mind regarding the political responsibilities of a bona-fide citizen to his/her nation at a time when a clarion call from the populace demands a positive actualization of the dividends of democracy in the Fourth Republic.
The felicific calculus of Senator Kure’s 2015 aspiration for another term to serve at the red chamber (Senate) is a public action that emanated from the quality and impact of her achievements and contribution to national development. In the words of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) British Jurist and Political thinker, ‘The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of moral and legislation’.
A bill is a proposed law drafted and introduced in the senate chamber. It is entered in the Senate Journal, given a number printed and delivered to an appropriate committee for debate. Once a bill is approved by Executive Council it becomes an Act. In the British/ Westminster System, where the executive is drawn from the legislature and usually hold a majority in the Lower House. Most bills are introduced by the executives. In principles, the legislature meets to consider the demands of the executive, as set out in the Queen’s Speech.
A bill is a tool for national economic and socio-political development. It is one of the fundamental assets in the business of parliamentary politics. Nigeria became an independent state when post-independent politicians of Zik, Awo and Balewa extraction all work extensively on a bill that later became an act enacted by the British Parliament in 1960, entitle ‘An Act to make Provision for and in Connection with the Attainment by Nigeria of Fully Responsible Status within the Commonwealth”.
Senator Kure is a nationalist, a democrat that masters the politics of Nigeria Parliament. She sponsored a couple of bills in the Senate, they include; National Poverty Eradication Commission (Est.etc) Bill 2012 (SB.140), Port Act 1999 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2012 (SB.196), National Grazing Reserve (Est.etc) Commission Bill 2012 (SB.60), National Inland Waterways Authority Act CAP N47.LFN 2014 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill (SB.195), The National Commission for the Eradication of Child Destitution in Nigeria (SB.84) Bill 2008, The Hydro-Electric Power Producing Area Development Commssion (HYEPADEC)
Bill, The Charted Institute of Capital Market Registrars Bills (SB.109) 2008 to regulate and Control the Practice of Share Registration. Public Records and Freedom of Information Bill (SB.19) 2007, Protection of Personal Privacy Bill and the Prohibit and Punish Public Nudity Sexual Intimidation and Other Related Offences In Nigeria Bill.
The ability of Senator Zaynab Kure to actualize all this achievements came as a result of her avid participation either as Committee Chairman or Member in the parliamentary process. She played strategic role in committees like National Planning, Economic Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Capital Market, Agriculture, Information and Media, Women, Foreign Affairs.
Moreover, the Public Record and Information Bill is a bill for an Act to make public records and information more freely available, provide for public access records and information, Project public records and information to the extent consistent with the public interest and the protection of personal privacy, protect serving public officers from adverse consequences for disclosing certain kinds of official information without authorization and establish procedures for the achievement of those purposes and other related purposes.
In her interview with All-Africa Media, Sen. Kure said “let’s give whatever problems we have a Nigerian look and tackle them in a Nigeria manner. Talking about development, you cannot use indices used in other countries for us, you have to come down to our level and allow us to tackle our own problems at our own level so that we can view development from our own perspective”.
Even as the first lady of Niger State from 1999-2007, she was more of a mother- theresa than a super executive personality. She focus on adding value to those at the rural level, in areas like Public healthcare, Social Economy and Political Participation.
Another mandate for Senator Kure:
It is with the aforementioned track-record for national economic and political development, the people of Niger (State) East Senatorial district gave Senator Zaynab Kure a popular mandate to continue her responsible and proactive service to the federal republic. A Popular latin maxim put it simple ‘Non nobis solum natia sumus’, that, “not for ourselves are we born”.
A productive politician is an asset to the people he or she serves and a political soldier to his or her nation. The Seventeenth Century Scottish historina and economist David Hume, said ” A wise man proportion his belief to the evidence”. However the popular mandate granted for Sen.Zaynab Kure’s 2015 aspiration emanated from a clear evidence in her struggle for progressive Niger state and a prosperous Nigeria. The Struggle Continue.
Enagi is Country Representative of International an International Federation of Youth Think Tank to Nigeria