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There is nothing good in the April 18 invasion of the senate Chamber of the National Assembly by thugs and subsequent siege by security agent of the federal government, under Duara as then DSS DG. Nigerians watched with utmost dismay and total disbelief on television as thugs invaded the hallowed recesses of the Senate and carted away the mace, the symbol of authority of the Senate. The unwarranted invasion was a desecration of all that is noble and civil.

There is nothing good in the April 18 invasion of the senate Chamber of the National Assembly by thugs and subsequent siege by security agent of the federal government, under Duara as then DSS DG. Nigerians watched with utmost dismay and total disbelief on television as thugs invaded the hallowed recesses of the Senate and carted away the mace, the symbol of authority of the Senate. The unwarranted invasion was a desecration of all that is noble and civil.


The senate invasion could have had a worse outcome for the persons inside it and the image of the country if the invaders were armed and resorted to shooting their way through. The ugly incident was a brazen and premeditated attack on democracy. That is why every effort should be made to get to the root of the matter and with a view to identifying the immediate and remote causes of the affront. The masterminds and foot soldiers of the sad incident should be identified and adequate sanctions visited on them in accordance with the laws of the land. No matter who ever that must have masterminded the action. It wasn't a good outing to the nation globally.
But to put the matter in proper perspective, how was it possible for the invaders to gain entry into the chambers of the National Assembly in the first place? If the security and sanctity of the inner recesses of an institution as critical and strategic as the National Assembly could be so easily breached, what happens to the ordinary places and the rest of us, ordinary people? It is a very troubling development, which we hope the management of the National Assembly and our security forces, especially the police, would find appropriate answers to. Our evidently scandalized citizens and the rest of the civilized world are watching.
It has been alleged in some quarters that perhaps the invasion of the National Assembly by the intruders was aided and abetted by privileged persons and the powers-that- be.  The leadership of the National Assembly should put its house in order. The long-suffering citizens of the country are definitely tired of the many acts of brigandage and melodrama emanating from the National Assembly. The sacrifices of our heroes of democracy and those of the ordinary citizens could not have been to bring these acts of repeated embarrassments upon the country. In this instant case, while it is within the rights of the Senate to make it house rules to guide the conduct of its members and their operations, constitute and disband, it must be devoid of constituting nuisance and national embarrassment, especially when such rules impinge on the fundamental rights of its members and other citizens.



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