Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi has warned the Federal Government not to take the threat of sanction by UK House of Commons lightly.
Akinyemi who handled the ministry of foreign Affairs during two years of Ibrahim Babangida regime said this during an interview with Arise News Channel.
Acccording to him, it is important for the government to know the seriousness of threat of sanction from a body like UK’s parliament.
Having led the Ministry in the past, Akinyemi he said that the Prime Minster usually does not go against the vote of the majority of the House of Commons.
He said: “If I was giving lectures to students in a university, I would point out that there are various inputs that confront decision makers on foreign policy or in any policy for that matter. And debate in the British parliament is a very important one. It is true that it is not the ultimate but God help a British Prime Minister who ignores the feelings on the floor of the Commons.
“Many ministers have come to grief by taking a lackadaisical attitude towards the views of the parliament. So, I wouldn’t quite brush off quite likely the debate in the House of Commons.”
He also explained the reason why Nigeria should go go back to parliamentary system of government like in the first republic.
He said: “I think we should go back to the parliamentary system of government. At least the Prime Minister would face questions from the opposition weekly and you would know his point of view. You would know whether he is just reading from a script or he actually has been persuaded. And because the Prime Minister wouldn’t want to be made a fool of, he would have been briefed by officers in his office before coming in to parliament.
“Furthermore, the fact that we have been in two international parliaments and media houses disputing government’s claim of the events at the Lekki toll gate is dwindling the credibility of Nigeria in the international community.”