Nigeria: Benue, Rivers Governors Condemn SSS Siege on NASS

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Governor Samuel Ortom has condemned today’s development at the National Assembly, charging Nigerians to reject impunity.

“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,” Mr Ortom said in a statement by his spokesperson Terver Akase.

Mr 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 Mr Buhari.

The governor insists that the action of the security operatives has made the country a laughing stock and is capable of degenerating into lawlessness.

He says there are rules and procedures as well as constitutional provisions that govern the conduct of the business of the National Assembly.

Governor Ortom says a similar breach of democratic norms is also happening in the Benue State House of Assembly, and stresses that if it is tolerated at the highest level, the impunity would spread across the country.

He wonders why the federal government sees nothing wrong with those defecting from the PDP to the APC but is allegedly bent on persecuting those leaving the ruling party.

The governor describes the action of the security agencies as an infringement on the fundamental right of freedom of association of Nigerians, which must be resisted.

He notes that the presidency denied any role in the Benue saga but did not follow up with any sanctions for those responsible, making the denial suspect.

In his reaction, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, urged Nigerians to rise up against the “growing dictatorship of the APC federal government.”

Mr Wike on Tuesday declared that the assault on the National Assembly by security forces is condemnable and has the capacity to truncate the nation’s democracy.

He 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.”

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

“All members of the National Assembly should resist that anti-democratic attempt and stand-up to defend our democracy “.

The governor berated his colleagues who are happy with the anti-democratic plots of the APC federal government.

“Those governors happy with what is happening today should know that it will be their turn tomorrow. The same cabal will turn against these governors.

“This is condemnable and unacceptable to us. You must follow setdown rules.

“You cannot talk about fighting corruption and refuse to respect the rule of law.”

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