Nigeria: Senate Invasion In The Presence of Ghanaian Parliamentarians, Shameful, Ridiculous – Rep. Kayode
The Chairman, Nigeria House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes, Barrister Kayode Oladele
London, April 20, 2018 (AltAfrika)-The Chairman, Nigeria House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes, Barrister Kayode Oladele has described the invasion of National Assembly by thugs and taken away of mace as a shame.
According to the lawmaker representing Imeko-Afon/Yewa North Federal Constituency, Ogun State, in a telephone interview with AltAfrika.com, the act was a shameful because it happened in the full glare of Ghanaian parliamentarians who came to visit the National Assembly and observe their plenary.
He recalled, “When some members of the House of Representatives visited the Ghanaian parliament a couple of months ago, they came back with inspiring reports and I believe that was what motivated the Ghanaian lawmakers to return the visit to our parliament in session.
“Unfortunately, what happened was not a true representation of what we stand for as a Nation, neither did it represent the image of our robust democracy.
“My friend, I pitied the Leader of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, as he struggled for words to explain the ugly incidence to the visiting parliamentarians at the plenary when the House hurriedly convened after the invasion.
“It is shameful, unimaginable, ridiculous and represents an intolerable impunity of the highest order”
Rep. Oladele further told AltAfrika.com, “the action, I must confess, was ridiculous with the presence of all security agencies, from Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the National Assembly’s internal security agents.
He added that, the action shows the NASS is accessible to insurgents. “That the hoodlums were able to gain entry into the premises of the National Assembly despite the strict procedures for securing a gate pass and finally beat the security agents to enter the hallowed chamber where the plenary was going on has showed that the Complex lack security it deserves, except there is complicity between the plotter of the act and the security agencies assigned to the third arms of the government”, he said.
Rep. Oladele called on the Federal Government and all security agencies in Nigeria to wake up to their responsibilities of protecting lives and properties, especially as the 2019 general elections is fast approaching.