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Reps Speaker: From Buhari to Dogara

The current 8th House of Representatives exists thanks to Nigeria's uninterrupted democracy for about 20 years. Within the period there were eight speakers namely Ibrahim Salisu Buhari, who spent only a month on the seat; Ghali Umar Na'Abba (1999-2003); Aminu Bello Masari (2003-2007); Patricia Etteh (June 2007-Oct 2007); Dimeji Bankole (2007-2011); Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (2011-2015) and Yakubu Dogara (2015 to date).

The House began on a shaky note in 1999, which culminated in Salisu Buhari's removal due to age falsification. Na'Abba also had his own turbulent moments but he survived, while Masari had a smooth sail. Etteh only lasted a couple of months while her successor Bankole spent the remaining years battling with some of his colleagues. Tambuwal had four years peacefully and Dogara now appears to be on the same trajectory.

In about 20 years, the 360-member House has succeeded in making some far-reaching laws for the country, but a number of controversies also cropped up. Ettehgate, the Malabu oil scandal, the power probe scandal and the recent budget padding allegations were some of the issues that Nigeria may not forget in a hurry about the Green Chamber in our present democratic journey.

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