The president of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, August 8, reacted to the siege on the National Assembly by men of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Saraki, who spoke at a press conference in Abuja, commended the acting president of the country, Yemi Osinbajo, for his immediate reaction to the siege.
Osinbajo had ordered the sack of Lawal Daura, the director of the DSS, as a result of the tension and embarrassment the siege caused the country.
“It is a matter of record that yesterday, lawmakers and staff of the National Assembly were prevented from entering the National Assembly Complex by heavily armed security agents of the Department of State Services (DSS). All entries to the Complex were blocked.
“The National Assembly, the seat of democracy in Nigeria, was under lockdown. senators and Members of the House of Representatives were prevented from gaining access.”
“The ensuing standoff was a show of shame that played itself out over several hours in full view of the country.
“In no circumstances should this have happened. And we as a nation reaped the bitter fruits instantaneously, as evident in media images relayed around the world, images that shame us as a democratic nation.
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“The siege was also an act of cowardice by those seeking to carry out an illegal impeachment of the leadership of the Senate in flagrant disregard of the law,” he said.
The press conference was still ongoing at the time of this report.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Senate president Bukola Saraki said he will step down from the leadership of the Senate if he loses the support of fellow lawmaker in the upper chamber.
Saraki made the statement on Wednesday, August 8, when addressing journalist at a press conference held at the National Assembly to address the recent siege laid to the Assembly complex by the Department of State Security (DSS).
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