Senators also rejected another bill that sought to open up the Nigerian citizenship to other Africans. The two bills were sponsored separately by Sen Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP, Bayelsa). The senator told his colleagues that combustion cars were causing pollution and contribute to global warming and that developed countries were gradually phasing them out. However, Sen Jibrin Barau (APC, Kano), said there was no need to make any law compelling Nigerians to use electric cars at a particular period. He said in view of the economic strength of individual Nigerians, it would be unwise to come up with such legislation. Also, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, while kicking against the bill, said it would affect Nigeria’s economy as an oil producing country. “We cannot sit here as a parliament and do a legislation to encourage something that will kill our own business as a nation,” he said. In the end, Murray-Bruce was advised to withdraw the bill, which he later did. On the bill to open up Nigerian citizenship, Sen Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC, Kebbi) said Sections 25, 26 and 27 of the constitution adequately took care of that. On his part, Sen Dino Melaye (PDP, Kogi) said the bill was “not only utopian but also catastrophic,” noting that at a time Nigeria was battling with myriad of challenges, it would be wrong to have more population. Most senators advised their Bayelsa colleague to once again withdraw the bill, but he declined. Consequently, Senate President Bukola Saraki put it to voice vote, and majority of the senators voted against it.]]>

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