Senate President, Bukola Saraki condemned the attack on the Senate by hoodlums – The Senate president said those responsible will be dealt with – He commended his colleagues for standing their ground
Senate president, Bukola Saraki bas reacted to the attack on the Senate by suspected hoodlums describing it as an attack on the country’s democracy. Saraki spoke from Washington where he is attending the Spring Meeting of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund on Wednesday, April 18. He commended the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu and other members of the Red Chamber for their swift reaction. He said those responsible will be brought to justice and vowed that they will continue to defend their constitutional mandate.
His message to the Senators reads:
Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commended the leadership and all members of the Senate for standing up firmly in defence of democracy and the rule of law with their decision to defy those who machinated an attack on the Red Chambers of the National Assembly in which the mace was forcefully taken away. Saraki, speaking from Washington where he is attending the Spring Meeting of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF), also lauded the swift reaction by the leadership and members of the House of Representatives in demonstrating their solidarity with the red chamber and thereby sending a strong signal that enemies of democracy and those who want to undermine the legislature will be resisted by all parliamentarians.
“I have just been informed that some hoodlums invaded the Senate chambers, forcefully taken away the mace and assaulted some of our Sergeant-at-arms on chamber duties. I am delighted that the Senate stood up to them by disregarding their unreasonable and shameful action and went on with the day’s proceedings as slated in the Order Paper. “My commendation goes to my deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, other members of the leadership, my colleagues, the leadership and members of the House of Representatives for standing in defence of democracy, parliamentary sanctity and constitutionalism.
“With the way the Senate has defied those seeking to undermine it, we have sent out a strong signal that we are always ready to defend our constitutional mandate and nothing will deter us from this. “I associate myself with the comments of the Deputy Senate President that we are ready to get to the roots of this assault on democracy and ensure that those who are responsible, no matter how remote, will be brought to justice”, Saraki stated. NAIJ.com had reported that protesters stormed the Senate chamber on Wednesday, April 18, and stole the mace. The protesters are supporters of a suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege. They left the National Assembly with the mace in a black SUV. The mace is the symbol of authority of the parliament. A security personnel at the entrance of the National Assembly, said he was told by the protesters they were officers with the senator.