The Nigerian National Assembly has reiterated commitment to working for a country governed by the rule of law.
Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly, Dr. Bukola Saraki stated this at a World Press Conference over the Tuesday’s barricade by the personnel of Security Service.
While stressing the need for equity and justice, Dr. Saraki said the lawmakers are ever committed to ensure that the responsibility and functionality of governance are met.
“Our desire is to have a society where there will be equity and justice, not oppression. We stand committed to doing our utmost as lawmakers to ensure that the responsibility and functionality of governance are met.
Although we are on annual break, we are daily reviewing the situation and are alive to the responsibility to take action as necessary.
Unfortunately, yesterday’s shutdown prevented us from meeting with INEC, as scheduled, to address funding concerns. We will continue to look into the matter.
In the spirit of that, we also appeal to Mr. President to sign the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment Bill which has been sent for his assent,” he said.
The Senate President also urged government to ensure that security agencies remain neutral and act in line with the position of the constitution as well as their enabling laws.
“Government must ensure that security agencies remain neutral and act in line with the position of the constitution as well as their enabling laws.
Heads of Agencies should be accountable, and those who step out of line must be held responsible for their actions. Enough with impunity.”
He commended the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for his handling of the situation, which he said went a long way towards restoring the lawmakers and Nigerians confidence on the government.
“I thank the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for his handling of the situation we were all confronted with yesterday. His decisive action went a long way towards restoring confidence.
It sent a powerful message – that the DSS cannot be recklessly deployed against institutions of our democracy.
The path of leadership is not by party, and we must commend it wherever it is found. Mr. Acting President did the right thing. However, the damage control so far does not address the question of how this atrocity happened in the first place.”
Dr. Saraki also demanded for investigation and prosecution of all those involved to serve as deterrent to any public officials against any action or inaction that could derail the country from the path of democracy, justice and good governance.
“We call for an investigation, and we demand that all perpetrators are brought to book. We owe it to ourselves to ensure that such a situation never occurs again. Many agencies have abused their powers and acted outside the ambit of the law on occasion. Where abuses occur, similar actions must be taken immediately and full investigation instituted.”
Tuesday’s siege of the National Assembly has received wide condemnation as it threatened the nation’s democracy.