Nigeria's first civilian parliament in fourteen years was sworn in last Tuesday (9 October). On?
GV Buildings and street scene in Lagos
GV New Parliament building
SV Senate members arriving in front of parliament building (3 SHOTS)
SV Sign on door President of Senate
SV INTERIOR Senate President Dr. Joseph Wayas speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: WAYAS: "Well, my first role will be to uphold the constitution of Nigeria, to see to it that the new constitution that was ushered infont the first of October, with the exit of the military government in elected democratic government of the people of Nigeria under this constitution, is upheld and maintained. Recognizing the fact that the first Republic broke down because the constitution failed to function and did not work. This has to be done, as you appreciate, through the Senate. And in the Senate presently there are five parties. Members from five different parties constitute the Senate. In my earlier speech, I made it quite clear that I will regard all members of the Senate, irrespective of their party affiliations as one. One people, one destiny. And this will be my guiding principle in projecting the role of President of the Senate."
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Background: Nigeria's first civilian parliament in fourteen years was sworn in last Tuesday (9 October). On Tuesday its new Senate began debate on the appointment of ten special advisers on National Security, and a Political Affairs budget. The Senate lawmakers representing five different parties were reported to have considered the executive requests in an atmosphere devoid of rivalry and political bitterness.
SYNOPSIS: The members of the new Nigerian Senate met in the country's new parliament buildings in Lagos. The mood during the debates was said to be clearly that of reconciliation and of national interest.
Alhaji Shahu Shagari, the first President of this Second Republic of Nigeria, is both realistic and optimistic regarding the country's political future. The new parliamentary system closely follows that of the United States with a President of the Senate, Dr. Joseph Wayas, and a speaker of the House of Representatives, the Lower House.
Dr. Wayas spoke of what his role, will be.