Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, says the invasion of the National Assembly by security operatives is geared towards forcefully changing the Senate’s leadership.
In a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, Atiku said the constitution of Nigeria, as amended, guarantees the independence of the Legislature and separation of powers. He called on all those involved “to put Nigeria first and abandon this madness.”
He said, “Nigeria is a democracy, not a military dictatorship and we, the people, will never return to tyranny.
“I, therefore, call on President Muhammadu Buhari and acting President Yemi Osinbajo to stop hiding behind one finger and live up to their responsibility of upholding the constitution and law and order, which they swore to on May 29, 2015.
“We warned that if what occurred in Benue last week was not checked on time, it would escalate to the federal level. Today, we are seeing that warning in play.”
He added, “There are better uses for our security forces at this time than to lay siege to our citadels of democracy. Our people are languishing in the midst of unprecedented insecurity and nationwide killings.
“To thus deploy our security forces in this present manner while Nigerians face these challenges is an abdication of responsibility, to say the least.”
He urged Nigerians to remember that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty and to be watchful and mobilised to defend democracy.