…Ortom, Wike, Northern leaders condemn siege
…Daura’s sack in order—Falana
…Tambuwal urges Nigerians, global community to defend democracy
…It’s a coup d’etat on democracy— Afenifere
…Impeachable offence—Ohanaeze
…Atiku, Secondus laud Osinbajo on Daura

By Innocent Anaba, Dapo Akinrefon, Peter Okutu, Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Dayo Johnson, Rotimi Ojomoyela, Joseph Erunke, Levinus Nwabughiogu & Dirisu Yakubu

Ortom, Wike condemn  siege

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, have condemned the siege to National Assembly by operatives of  DSS.

Ortom said in a statement by his spokesman, Terver Akase:  “I condemn police invasion of the National Assembly and urge patriotic Nigerians to reject this impunity, which is an assault on our democracy. We cannot afford to remain the laughing stock of the world.”

Daura
Daura

Ortom himself recently escaped an attempt to remove him from office, after eight lawmakers took over the House of Assembly in Makurdi and served him impeachment notice. The action was condemned by many, including President Muhammadu Buhari.

In his reaction, Wike urged Nigerians to rise against the growing dictatorship of the APC-controlled  Federal Government.

Wike, who yesterday declared that the assault on the National Assembly by security forces was condemnable and had the capacity to truncate the nation’s democracy, said: “All well-meaning Nigerians should stand up against this dictatorship. All over the world this has never happened.

“Nigerians should not stand aloof and watch what is going on. This will consume so many people if we don’t rise against it.”

He called on National Assembly members to stand firm in defence of the nation’s democracy.

It’s coup against democracy —CUPP

The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, yesterday, condemned the invasion of the National Assembly, describing it as a coup against democracy.

In a statement signed by the spokesman of CUPP, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, in Abuja yesterday, the coalition also appealed to the international community to beam its searchlight on the events happening in Nigeria before the country was plunged into crises that could lead to the worst humanitarian crisis of all time.

Daura’s sack in order—Falana

In his reaction, human rights activist, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, said Daura’s sack “is very much in order.”

Falana said: “Having regards to the fact that he was removed from the DSS for incompetence, Daura shoud not have been apointed as the D-G of the security agency. He exhibited such empty arrogance and crass impunity.

“Daura constituted such collossal embarrassment to the Federal Government. I call on the acting D-G of the DSS to release the hundreds of detainees being illegally held incommunicado in the DSS detention dungeon.”

Daura’s sack’ll save Nigeria from global embarrassment—Falae

Also, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Chief Olu Falae, said the sack of the DSS DG, Lawal Daura will save the nation from further global embarrassment.

Falae, who is National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, said: “If a public functionary did what was a rape on the constitution, I think the president did what was right.

“Every public officer that forgets that he is a public officer, not to serve political parties but the people, should be dealt with accordingly. They may be in power but they must remain non partisan.”

Northern leaders condemn siege

Northern leaders, under the aegis of Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly, NLSA, have condemned yesterday’s invasion of the National Assembly, describing the action as the greatest form of impunity the country ever witnessed in recent history.

The group, in a statement in Abuja, yesterday, by its secretary, Dr. Umar Ardo, said: ‘’The attempt to unlawfully open the Senate chambers by the siege to  the National qAssembly this morning (yesterday) for whatever reason in a gestapo-like manner by the Nigerian security forces is perhaps the worst form of impunity our country has witnessed in recent history.

‘’This destructive act against our democracy can only be surpassed by a full blown military coup d’état.”

Siege unconstitutional, grave threat to democracy —NBA

Nigerian Bar Association, NBA,  has also condemned the invasion of the National Assembly by security agencies, describing the action as unconstitutional  and a grave threat to the nation’s democracy.

President of NBA, Mr Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN, in a statement, yesterday said:  “The NBA has followed with deep concern the events of early this morning, August 7, 2018, widely reported in various print and electronic media that the premises of the National Assembly was sealed by Nigerian security forces.

“The NBA condemns this brazen and blatant act of the security personnel and demands the immediate withdrawal of these personnel. This action is unconstitutional and poses a grave threat to our democracy. We call on the acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, to immediately call the security forces to order.

Tambuwal urges Nigerians, Int’l community to defend country’s democracy

Governor Aminu  Tambuwal of of Sokoto State has called on Nigerians and the international community to rise and defend Nigeria’s hard earned democracy.

The governor made the call on the heels of yesterday’s siege to  the National Assembly.

While condemning the siege, the governor also applauded the removal of the Director-General of  DSS from office for deploying personnel to barricade the National Assembly.

Tambuwal in a statement in Abuja, yesterday, said a situation where some operatives of DSS barricaded the entrance to the National Assembly complex and prevented some lawmakers, newsmen and staff of the National Assembly from entering the premises was condemnable.

While declaring the unhealthy development as unacceptable, the governor also said it was a direct indication of contempt for the sanctity of the legislature as bastion of democracy.

He, however, commended Osinbajo for his intervention and called on the international community to rise in condemnation of the action, which he described as a very dangerous threat to the survival of democracy in Africa’s most populous nation.

It’s a coup d’etat on democracy— Afenifere

The Yoruba apex socio-political group, Afenifere, through its spokesman, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, described the invasion of National Assembly by DSS, as a coup d’état on democracy and a treasonable offence.”

Odumakin said: “The sacking of Daura is not just enough. That is kid’s gloves for high treason. He should be arrested and charged with his accomplices if there is no attempt to shield those who instructed him. To say he acted on his own shows we are in greater danger of deception from above.”

Atiku, Secondus, others laud Osinbajo

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus,  have commended Osinbajo, over  sacking of Daura.

Atiku noted that by firing the DSS boss, Osinbajo has hearken to the voices of Nigerians who have spoken in condemnation of the anti-democratic practices of the sacked DSS boss.

A statement from the Atiku Media Office quoted the 2019 Presidential hopeful on the platform of the PDP as saying he is fully in support of Osinbajo’s decision to relieve Daura of his duties.

He also called for an independent judicial panel of inquiry, to investigate the incidence at the National Assembly to fish out those responsible and bring them to book.

On his part, Secondus saluted what he called the courage exhibited by the Acting President in the sacking of Daura even as condemned DSS presence at the National Assembly entrance gate in the early hours of Tuesday.

A statement signed by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, quoted the PDP boss as calling on the British government not to provide shelter for forces working against democracy in Nigeria.

It is an impeachable offence—Ohanaeze

The Igbo apex body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday, described the blockade of the National Assembly as a surprise and an impeachable offence in the constitution of the country.

In a statement issued in Abakaliki, National Publicity Secretary of the group, Uche Achi, stated that:  “Recent events in Nigeria, climaxing in the blockade and prevention of marked adversary Senators and House of Reps members from gaining access into the legislative building altogether, are not coming to us as surprises. Instead, they are sprouting in alarming crescendos in crystal vindication of our stand that only a restructured Nigeria can thrive henceforth.

“The foundations of Nigeria have been pulverized and until restructured will continue to nosedive irretrievably and I liken the situation to Ola Rotimi’s adage in The gods Are Not To Blame, “Until the rotten tooth is pulled out the mouth must chew with caution.

“The National Assembly is the precinct of democracy and should never be visited by or with executive lawlessness wrapped in discernable hocus pocus.

“The event of today (yesterday) in particular is raw as it is a clueless brandishing from the executors. Nothing more can be an impeachable offence than this callous desecration of the National Assembly, which is the symbol of democracy. To offer any reason(s) for this igneous and ignominious display is to merely dwell in whipping sentiment.

“It is obvious from the prevailing circumstances that neither the Police nor the DSS has been or can be queried because they are acting on “instructions from above” to the chagrin of  helpless and horribly dumbfounded Nigerians.”

 

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