Some Nigerians on Thursday, April 6, occupied the premises of the National Assembly.
Some Nigerians in their scores on Thursday, April 6, protetsed the plan by some individuals to cow the National Assembly.
The group led by Jude Ndukwe, the convener of Movement for the Advancement of National Transformation; Arioyo Dare-Atoye of Coalition in defence of Nigerian Democracy and Deji Adeyanju, the convener of Concerned Citizens said there is evidence that democracy is under threat in Nigeria.
The groups who were also met by some senators on behalf of the leadership of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, said: "Nigerians must defend the institute of democracy."
“We can no longer afford the luxury of these unnecessary distractions. While the executives concentrate on attacking the national assembly, they left their guard open and allowed meningitis to avoidably claim hundreds of lives of Nigerians who depended on them for action against such diseases.
“This unholy attempt to kill our legislature must stop now! Need we remind all those working to undermine the legislative arm is the bastion of democracy and the pedestal on which every democracy , whether presidential, parliamentary or any other form of democratic government stands, and that any attempt to weaken it is an attempt to subvert democracy,” Dare-Atoye said.
Receiving the protesters at the National Assembly gate, Senator Samuel Anyamwu who led other senators said while they appreciated the group's effort, the delegates will have inform the leadership of the National Assembly of the demand by the group.
Anyanwu said: “We have reached the point there is no going back on democracy, we have heard you and wilh return the the leadership of the National Assembly – the Senate President Bukola Saraki and speaker Dogara – on the purpose of your visit.”