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Kaduna Assembly lifts suspension on former deputy speaker 

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The Kaduna State House of Assembly has lifted the suspension of its former deputy speaker, Muktar Isa-Hazo, a member representing Basawa constituency.

Mr Isa-Hazo and three other members have been on suspension for over a year.

The decision followed a motion moved by Ahmad Muhammad, member representing Zaria Kewaye constituency during plenary, on Wednesday in Kaduna,

Mr Muhammad said: “I stand before you to refresh your memory that sometime in April last year, I raised a motion on the suspension of four members of the assembly.

“Namely, Alhaji Mukhtar Isa Hazo, former deputy speaker, Salisu Isa, member representing Magajin Gari constituency, Alhaji Yusuf Liman of  Makera/Kakuri and Mr Nuhu Goroh Shadalafiya, representing  Kagarko constituency.

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“I am here today, to plead with the honourable speaker and the honourable members of the house on behalf of one of them, Alhaj Mukhtar Isa-Hazo of Basawa constituency, who has been pleading publicly more than once and on several occasions.

“Because of the remorse he showed, I am pleading with the speaker to look into his matter to recall him back to the chamber so as to continue with his legislative duty.”

According to him, this would serve as an example to the other three members, to publicly ask for forgiveness so they could be recalled.

“It is our prayer that they will hopefully be back with us by next plenary sitting.” Mr Muhammad pleaded.

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In his remarks, the Speaker of the House, Yusuf Zailani said that he would never reject the request as he awaits the other three members to do same.

He directed the Clerk of the House to communicate the decision to Mr Isa-Hazo, so that he will return to continue his legislative work.

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“The God we all serve is a forgiving one, and if someone hurts you and you forgive, then the Almighty will forgive your own sin too.

“It is a very wonderful day for me today as one of my friends moved a motion to recall my other friends back to the house, and no matter what happens, Hazo is my friend and will continue to be,” the Speaker said.

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Mr Isa-Hazo and the three other members were on August 11, 2020, suspended for causing fracas during plenary.

Their nine months suspension, which ended in April 2021, was also extended by the assembly because of their failure to apologise to the House.

One of those involved in the alleged fracas was the former speaker of the assembly, Aminu Abdullahi-Shagali, whose seat was declared vacant by-election conducted by INEC for Sabongari constituency, which he represented.

NAN

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