Lawmakers condemn siege on National Assembly complex

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja


Nigerian lawmakers have condemned a barricade on the National Assembly by heavy armed personnel of the Department of State Security, DSS.

Members mostly from the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP described it as a threat to democracy, saying that all the arms of government should be granted autonomy for democracy to thrive.

Defending democracy
The Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun said the legislature has been the only symbol of democracy in any clime.

Lasun said; “I called other principal officers and with what we saw, the situation on ground, the meeting cannot be held” the Deputy Speaker said.

He said it was not easy to impeach the leadership of the National Assembly especially during recess, stressing that he was unaware of the plot to impeach the senate president and his deputy.

“This is our normal recess, I am not aware of the impeachment move. It is not easy. Impeachments are not done outside the chambers. You need 2/3rd majority,” Lasun cautioned.

On the members who were keeping vigil, the Deputy Speaker explained that it was the lawmaker’s method of defending democracy.

Representatives of  the PDP lawmaker led by Tajudeen Yusuf had warned of the consequences of barricading the National Assembly.

The purported Leadership meeting was slated to discuss possibility of reconvening the National Assembly and interface with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC management was called off.

National Assembly has three Main gates besides other outlets which were heavily guarded by security personnel preventing lawmakers of all political ideologies who were forced to walk into the building for the supposed meeting.

Though the meeting was called off, the Senate President is expected to brief Newsmen on Wednesday, possibly on the Tuesday’s siege and other political issues.


Lateefah Ibrahim