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Speaker Yakubu Dogara Photo: Yakubu Dogara

A bill seeking to restrict children of government officials to public schools has been suspended by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

Dogara said he stood the bill down based on the demand by members of the Green Chamber.

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During the second reading of the bill at the plenary on Wednesday, the sponsor, Hon. Sergius Osei Ogun rose to lead the debate ‎on the bill; but another member, Hon. Ozioma Abonta raised a point of order to say that the aim of the bill might infringe on the rights of Nigerians.

The majority leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, agreed with Abonta that it might prevent Nigerians from exercising their rights of choice, movement, privacy and family life, among others.

Dogara had ruled that the bill be stood down and referred to the Committee on Ethics and Privileges for a review.

Ogun, who was angered by the ruling, threatened to address the media and embark on a road show over the bill.

Responding, Dogara said, “We wish you well;” adding that members would attend the road show.