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NBA warns politicians, condemns police attack on Reps

By Abdulwahab Abdulah

The Nigerian Bar Association has warned politicians not to allow personal interest override the collective purpose for which the country was founded.

The NBA, in a statement reacting to the invasion of the Federal House of Representatives by the police last week by its President, Mr. Augustine Alegeh, SAN, condemned the manner the police invaded the National Assembly and its attack on the lawmakers.

Besides, the NBA queried the argument canvased by the police over security reports, which it claimed, informed the invasion.

According to the association, the selective treatment of some of the lawmakers on the day of the incident “raises doubt in respect of the authenticity of the alleged security reports. The implementation of the security measures also lacked transparency and good faith.”

It also condemned the attitude of some of the lawmakers who scaled the gate of the National Assembly, saying “their acts raise serious questions about the character of persons we elect to represent us and constitute a serious embarrassment to our Country.

“As we approach the 2015 General Elections, all our politicians must not engage in any conduct capable of truncating our nascent democracy.

“Political differences may exist but must be resolved with civility and in accordance to law. Our collective interest as Nigerians must not be sacrificed for personal interest.”

The NBA urged political leaders to always conduct themselves maturedly and responsibly, adding that “their acts raise serious questions about the character of persons we elect to represent us and constitute a serious embarrassment to our country.

“As we approach the 2015 general elections, all our politicians must not engage in any conduct capable of truncating our nascent democracy.

“Political differences may exist but must be resolved with civility and in accordance to law. Our collective interest as Nigerians must not be sacrificed for personal interest.”


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