A pro-democracy and good governance groups, Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution (CDNDC) and Movement for the Advancement of National Transformation (MANTRA) have warned that the National Assembly (NASS) should not be undermined by especially those with ulterior motives whom, they said, have launched several onslaughts on the Legislature in order to silence it.
In a statement jointly signed by the trio of Mr. Ariyo-Dare Atoye, Co-Convener, (CDNDC); Mr. Jude Ndukwe, Convener, (MANTRA) and Prince Deji Adeyanju, Convener, Concerned Nigerians, the groups who condemned what they called attacks on NASS however added that, “ Instead of killing NASS, let us kill #AsoRock and merge it with NASS with a view to returning the country…”
“As we join other CSOs to march against the attempt to kill the legislature and undermine democracy on Thursday, April 6, 2017, commencing at Eagle Square by 9am, it has become highly imperative for us to be vigilant about the relentless insistence by anti-democratic forces to bring our highly cherished freedom and democracy to their knees.”
“We also insist on NASS opening its books for public scrutiny and ensure transparency in all its activities while making laws that would improve the lives of the people they represent and repeal any law that serves only the interest of a few highly placed citizens to the detriment of a majority of the people.”
“It’s ours and the responsibility of every patriotic and democracy loving Nigerian to protect and defend our hard earned democracy against those trying to return us to the very dark days of the military era.”
“We wish to state that Nigerians are very much aware that the current onslaught against NASS is nothing but just a puerile battle for 2019, and nothing based on good governance or interest of the people!”
“We can no longer afford the luxury of these unnecessary distractions. The unholy attempt to kill NASS must stop now!”
“Instead of killing NASS, let us kill #AsoRock and merge it with NASS with a view to returning the country to the more cost-effective Parliamentary System of government that would better serve the interest of the people.”