Invasion Of Senate, Mockery Of Nigeria’s Democracy – Reps

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By; IYOKPO J. EGBODO, Abuja
The House of Representatives has described the invasion of Senate sitting chamber and carting away of its mace as a mockery of the Nigeria’s democracy.

A group of thugs allegedly led by a suspended Senator, on Wednesday carried out the invasion while the Senate was already in session for the business of the day.

The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Yusuff Lasun his colleagues on solidarity to the chamber stated  this when the House briefly suspended plenary to pay the visit to the senate over the mace forcefully taken away by hoodlums.

According to him, the 8th Assembly is going to make sure that democracy must work in Nigeria. “I read a lot of books about representative democracy, what baffle me most is that those who are trying to undermine the institution of National Assembly are pretenders to the institution of democracy.

“That means once the assembly seizes to function or you want to muscle it, then it shows that we are no longer practicing democracy.

“So, we need to tell these people who are pretenders that they are not practicing democracy because it is the assembly that defines democracy.

“This is because of the way some of us grew up and started practicing democracy; a lot of Nigerian populace still doesn’t agree that the institution of the legislature must be protected.

“I was told that hoodlums invaded the National Assembly and carted away the mace but I am happy and satisfied that democracy is going to work in Nigeria,’’ Lasun stated.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, while briefing the members said in addition to carting away the mace, attempts were made by the thugs to abduct two of his colleagues.

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