National Assembly Clampdown: Buhari Introducing Nigeria To Gun Point Democracy – rAPC


..Saraki, Dogara postpone leadership meeting
The National Publicity Secretary of the Reformed-All Progressives Congress (rAPC), Kassim Afegbua has condemned the invasion of the National Assembly by DSS operatives on Tuesday.
Afegbua who released a statement to newsmen on behalf of rAPC, described the NASS invasion, Blamed President Buhari for introducing ‘gun-point’ democracy to the politics of Nigeria.
The speech in full: “At what point did we descend to this level of unruly behaviour and sheer political hooliganism? At what point did we miss the compass that should ordinarily take us away from this Pharaoh era, where wickedness, primitiveness appear to be the only thematic focus of a privileged few, trying in their greed and self-aggrandizement, to perpetually ridicule our collective sufferance? We weep for our dear country. We shed tears of anguish and sorrow.
We are pained by the gunpoint democracy that President Muhammadu Buhari has introduced to our
body politic. Even though a former coupist, we thought all these years of democratic engagements and orientation would have properly reintegrated him into our democratic system, to pull off the toga of militarism, but the reckless abuse and use of security forces to undermine our democracy now and then, speak otherwise. Cry, cry, cry our beloved country. We say a loud NO in unison against this crass impunity and brutish display of uncontrollable power by agents of state against the Nigerian people.
He added, “we condemn the continued partisanship of the security agencies against the interest of Nigerians. We wish to insist that these categories of persons be denied visas or have their visas revoked on account of their anti-democratic conducts which have consistently threatened the very foundation of our fledgling democracy. We are alarmed by the recklessness which APC, a party that preaches change, has degenerated like a piece of idiocy in their devilish machinations to unseat properly constituted authority. This action of the APC against the Senate President, and its desperate plot to unseat him has permanently left a gory scar on our democracy. APC has literally changed its name to ALL POLITICAL COUPISTS or better still; ALL PROGRESSIVES’ COUPISTS, save that COUPISTS can never be progressives no matter their motive.
The sacking of the Director-General of the Directorate of State Services (DSS) is good riddance to bad rubbish. Rather than devote energies and synergies into the Boko Haram fight and other cases of insecurity to give Nigerians a new lease of life, the DSS under Lawan Musa Daura has become one of a partisan lot against the collective interest of the State and Nigerians. Conveying masked operatives of the DSS to the hallowed ground of the National Assembly to subvert the will of the people against an arm of government is the most ridiculous conduct by trained Secret Service agents. In fact, the DSS has become more or less the armed wing of the APC.
Secondly, the Acting President should as a matter of urgency sack the Inspector General of Police who has also shown careless disdain against the Nigerian people. He has not only abused his discretionary powers, he has converted the Nigeria Police Force to the presidency Police Force. The Police have become object of ridicule and disgrace. They have undermined statutory authority of the National Assembly in a manner that desecrates democracy, rule of law, due process and civilised democratic conduct. We are ashamed that Nigeria has become global laughing stock and butt of jokes across the world. By the actions of the Inspector General of Police, Nigeria democracy has come under serious threat.
Let us for once instil some sanity in our democratic practices. Let us assume our role as the giant of Africa both in deeds and practice. We cannot afford to continue to tolerate these brazen abuses, invasions and drunken use of raw power against institution of democracy, in a 21st century world where the attraction should be more about development and growth.
..Saraki, Dogara postpone leadership meeting
Meanwhile, the Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara have condemned the action of the security agents and described it as another attempt to subevert the nation’s democracy.
It was reported that the NASS leaders alleged that legislators and members of staff, including the Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Omolori, who is the administrative head of the Federal legislature, were harassed in the invasion.
In a statement jointly signed by the two presiding officers of both Chambers stated that the heavy presence of armed security men who unnecessarily militarized the legislative complex and harassed legislators and the workers in the complex could not be justified in a democracy.
The Senate President and Speaker further noted that today was a sad day for democracy as very early in the morning, they got reports backed by video and pictures, from members of staff of the National Assembly, their colleagues from both chambers and other individuals, about the heavy presence of the security personnel who insisted that nobody would enter the complex except certain Senators who were to be conveyed into the complex in a Coaster bus.
“By 6.30 am, the reports started coming in and by 7am, there were pictures and video online showing armed security men preventing Senators and Honourable members from coming into the Complex. Some of our colleagues then mobilized other members in both chambers from their respective abode so that they could pressurize the Security men from allowing them to gain entry.
“Obviously, the public outcry from Nigerians and members of the international community against this illegality, this desecration of the sanctity of the legislature and this flagrant abuse of powers forced the government to relax the directives given to the security men as they later allowed the legislators to walk from the main gate into the foyer. Still the lawmakers were not allowed to drive in, in their vehicles and were denied access into the main building housing their offices.
“It is not clear what the plan of the government is but information reaching us indicated that some Senators who are pro-executive arm are being camped somewhere here in Abuja and they are being compelled to sign an impeachment notice that would later be brought to the Assembly complex. The Senate Chamber will now be forced open to enable an illegal change of leadership take place in the Senate.
 “It should be noted that the Senate formally adjourned on July 24, 2018 and it stands adjourned. To reconvene, there is a process which has to be followed. Also, it should be clear that these Senators who are camped somewhere know the procedure for changing the leadership of the Senate. Both the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Presidency officials masterminding this illegality know that they do not have the numbers to lawfully carry out this action.
“Therefore, we call on members of the international community to view this development as a coup against democracy. This is a throw-back to the inglorious days of military rule where dissent is not tolerated and freedom of association and other fundamental human rights are willfully and carelessly violated.
“We urge Nigerians and the international community to condemn this illegal invasion of the National Assembly complex and the attempt to asphyxiate the legislature as undemocratic, uncivilized and irresponsible.
“Let us use this opportunity to thank our colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives who immediately mobilized to resist this coup against democracy. Their action will be recorded as one taken at a time when the soul of this country is being imperilled. They have acted to avert the breakdown of constitutionalism and collapse of the rule of law. They have stood up to dictatorship and demonstrated that this country belongs to all of us.
“We also thank members of the press, local and international, and all Nigerians whose support for the cause of democracy have sustained us this far.
Following this unpleasant development, the joint leadership meeting slated for this afternoon has been postponed till further notice because under the prevailing circumstances, we cannot guarantee the safety of the 20 members from both chambers expected at the meeting”, Saraki and Dogara stated.

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