Anger rises in Nigeria after siege on residences of Senate President and Deputy Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 2, 2021


Anger is rising in Nigeria following a siege on the residences of the Senate President and his deputy, both members of the opposition People’s Democratic Party.

In a statement on Tuesday, a newly formed group that goes by the name Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM) said it was “deeply perturbed by the resort to panicky gestapo actions by the Nigerian Presidency, using security forces in the early hours of today, to prevent the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu from attending to their constitutional legislative duties at the National Assembly”.

The statement followed a similar one by the former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, who called on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to stop the persecution of the National Assembly leadership and opposition members.

The police in Nigeria have invited Mr. Saraki to answer questions on an armed robbery in Kwara state a few months ago. At least one suspect named the President of the Senate as the sponsor of the gang.

Saraki in a statement on Monday said the invitation was politically motivated, especially after he dumped President Buhari’s All Progressives Congress recently.

Below is a full statement by NIM.


SIEGE ON SARAKI, EKWEREMADU: NIM – THIRD FORCE PETITIONS INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OVER GROWING PRESIDENTIAL IMPUNITY IN NIGERIA

Nigeria Intervention Movement, NIM is deeply perturbed by the resort to panicky gestapo actions by the Nigerian Presidency, using security forces in the early hours of today, to prevent the Senate President, Bukonla Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu from attending to their constitutional legislative duties at the National Assembly
This ruthless show of force rather civil engagement being foisted on the leadership of the Nigerian Parliament by its Executive counterpart, is to say the least anti democratic, highhanded and reckless and have the potential of truncating the life of Nigeria’s hard earned civil rule if caution is not quicky taken. NIM therefore call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately caution his men in the security apparatchik of Nigeria, so as to avoid the breakdown of order and a breach of the country’s peace and stability
We further wish to advise the leadership of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC that rather than employ arm twisting tactics, to urgently make amend by taking the right step in genuinely engaging and appeasing its teeming aggrieved leaders as the backlash of their current escapades in government is capable of rendering governance of the country totally comatose and chaotic at this critical period of the Nigeria’s economic downturn
Consequently, NIM as the vanguard of the third force movement of fresh breed political leaders in the country strongly demand an immediate refrain, remorse and unreserved apology to the leadership of the Senate of Nigeria to the Presidency for today’s reckless show of power against the parliamentary institution of the Nigerian peoples so as to avoid incurring a mass action from the third force movement; the type that can keep tongues wagging in the annals of Nigeria
In demonstration of our disapproval of today’s reckless siege on the representatives of the People and in order to prevent further occurrence of this sort of dastardly act by government, we in the leadership of the third force movement shall be forwarding a formal “Save the Soul of Democracy” Petition to the international community, especially the United Nations and the African Union, to prevail on the APC government to stop muzzling the democratic rights and freedom of the Peoples of Nigeria

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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