Following the invasion of the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) on Tuesday, August 7, Senate president Bukola Saraki decided to address a world press conference on Wednesday, August 8.
Addressing journalists on August 8, at the press conference, Saraki claimed that there is a government within the current All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government that is working against Nigerians’ interests.
“However, some of you may recall that about two years ago, I stated that there was a government within this government, to a purpose that was not in the interest of what the people voted for...," he said.
The Senate president strongly condemned the invasion describing it as a show of shame.
He said: "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..."
He commended his colleagues, civil society organisations and Nigerians for standing against the invasion.
"The rain fell, the sun rose, but Nigerians stood their ground in defence of democracy. With the strength of will demonstrated by everyone against unwarranted and unconstitutional militaristic might, the siege could not stand," he said at the press conference.
Read Saraki’s statement at the press conference below:
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Ahmad Ali, the speaker of the Kwara House of Assembly, expressed worries over the forthcoming 2019 general elections, especially with the drama that played out at the National Assembly, on Tuesday, August 7.
Ali spoke in Ilorin, Kwara state, following the siege on the National Assembly by personnel of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The speaker urged Nigerians to rise to the occasion just as he pleaded with the government to ensure that everyone involved in the invasion is brought to book.
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