By Victor Ahiuma-Young

NIGERIA Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, yesterday in Lagos, berated the Nigerian police and other security agents over their siege on the National Assembly on Thursday, saying the action “portrays us in bad light before the international community and makes Nigeria a laughing stock.”

NUPENG in a statement by its President, Mr. Igwe Achese, declared that the action of the police was undemocratic, crude and unfair and had never happened in any part of the world where democracy was practiced.

According to the statement , “The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), condemns in its entirety the action of the Police and Security agencies on members of the National Assembly by tear -gassing them in the course of performing their legislative duties.

NUPENG states that the action of the Police is undemocratic, crude and unfair and has never happened in any part of the world where democracy is practiced. The Union calls on President Goodluck Jonathan to call the Inspector General of Police to order.

“We hope that this situation is not a re-enactment of the Shagari era where people’s freedom was trampled upon. The Union states that there is freedom of association and the Police duty is to protect the lives and property of Nigerians, including visitors to the country. The action of the Police on the National Assembly members portrays us in bad light before the international community and makes Nigeria a laughing stock. It also shows that the system is not working well. NUPENG appeals to the political class not to destroy Nigeria but make sure Nigeria is united and much stronger.”

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