- Senator Bukola Saraki says Nigerian lawmakers need more protection
- The Senate president says the Upper-House would find a way to secure the lives of its members
- Saraki's comments come on the heels of recent attempts on the lives of some senators
Nigeria's Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has called for an extra measure as regards the protection of legislators in the country.
Saraki said that the upper chamber is working on a strategy to protect its members against rising cases of assassination attempts.
NAIJ.com gathered that Saraki was speaking against the backdrop of the alleged attempt on Senator Dino Melaye’s life and the raid of Senator Mohammed Danjuma Goje.
The Senate president stated this on Thursday, May 4.
He made the call at the inauguration of an ad-hoc committee, investigating the alleged attempted assassination on Melaye.
According to Daily Post, Saraki was represented by the Senate leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan.
The Senate president said: "The 1999 Constitution guarantees every Nigerian the right to life.
Like every Nigerian, a Senator or member of the National Assembly deserves to be protected against infringement, threat and harassment.
“The reported incidence in Kogi State where armed assassins invaded the house of a sitting Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Dino Melaye with the intention of taking his life is frightening and must be fully investigated.”
Saraki added that effort must be made to “ensure that no Senator or member of the legislature is put in a position where he or she will feel his life is threatened in such a manner as to affect his judgment and thereby weaken hiss moral compass and ability to act without fear or favour.
“The investigation will seek to unearth the remote and immediate issues connected with, and leading to the ugly incident.”
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