Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The ouright display of what many have seen as madness recently at the Nigerian senate which saw the snatching of the symbol of authority of the Red Chambers by hoodlums has continued to generate more reactions from members of the public.
It is in this regard that some members of the 6th Anambra State House of Assembly aired their opinions condemning the act of invading the senate and the removal of the mace amid tight security.
Nkolika Mmegbuanaeze who represents Idemili-North state constituency in her opinion, wondered why such inglorious act should be committed in the first instance stressing that the senate as the highest lawmaking body of the federation should not be reduced to a mere boxing ring where senators throw punches at one another.
Mmegbuanaeze therefore berated the ugly episode saying that the act was condemnable, abhorable as well as lucid portrayal of a collapsed security system in the country. He urged relevant authorities to investigate the matter and bring the culprits to book.
On the other hand, Chugbo Enwezor of Onitsha-North 1 state constituency opined that it was an act of sabotage for an individual or group of individuals to hatch plans as to stealing the mace to frustrate as well as truncate the proceedings of the senate.
Enwezor further explained that it was an offence against the Nigerian state; treasonable in itself and depicting the height of unconstitutionality and lawlessness in the country .
He said such was a dent on the image of the country and that the masterminds and perpetrators of the act should not go scot-free.
Meanwhile, the majority leader of the 6th Anambra legislature and member representing Anambra-West state constituency Hon.Victor Jideofor Okoye posited that the invasion of the senate and subsequent removal of the mace wouldn’t have been made possible without accomplices from within the senate.
Okoye noted that the entire episode was a calculated effort to create confusion and rancour in the senate. The lawmaker who functions as the chairman assembly committee on police affairs and security however suggested that there should be water-tight security at all public places and institutions of government to forestall disruption of public peace and safety.