The Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has called on African Parliaments to defend democratic institutions describing it as the only hope to sustaining democracy.
He made the called in Abuja when he received a parliamentary delegation from Liberia, comprising members of Joint Committee on Public Accounts, Expenditure and Audit on a study tour to Nigeria.
Mr Dogara urged African countries to invest more in building democracy and its institutions.
“And, to be very candid, Parliament is the hope of saving the people from dictatorships, he said.
The speaker advocated the establishment of a body that would be charged with the responsibility of defending democracy at all times.
Mr Dogara said that budget was needed to sustain democratic governance and achieve stability, that would help the government meet the yearnings of the people, especially in security and welfare.
The leader of the delegation and Chairman, Liberian Parliament’s Joint Committee on Public Accounts, Expenditure and Audit, Senator Henry Yallah had said they were in Nigeria to develop their capacity as a young democracy.