Nigeria’s Legislative Arms Under Siege

Nigeria’s plain clothes security men, SSS, has sealed the National Assembly, disallowing lawmakers entrance for an emergency meeting convened by Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
Saraki, who is the chairman of the National Assembly, had called for an emergency meeting to discuss the request of about 200 billion request from President Muhammadu Buhari for the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
The lawmakers who are billed to resume from recess in September, are looking for the possibility of entertaining the request before the resumption date.
Saraki, alongside several lawmakers had decamped to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), citing injustice in the ruling APC.
It is not yet clear who sent the DSS official to sealed the national assembly complex. But President Buhari had taken a two weeks leave to enable him rest in London after losing key officials of the party to the opposition PDP.
The Vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo was asked to act as president in a letter addressed to the two leaders of the National Assembly. The same leaders have been stopped from entering their primary place of assignments.
With the invasion of the National Assembly by the plain clothes security men, pundits say Nigeria’s democracy is in danger. They are calling on the international community to intervene as the country prepares for the 2019 general elections, starting in February.
Elanza News reports that Senators, led my a female lawmaker have forced their way into the complex of the National Assembly.



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