Comrade Issa Aremu, A NEC Member of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has condemned the invasion of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly and disruption of the Senate plenary by unknown persons on Wednesday that stole the mace.
Comrade Issa revealed “an injury to the National Assembly is an injury to the nation’s democracy” adding that the “Federal government probe of the invasion should be prompt and conclusive with the objective of prevention of future occurance”.
The labour leader revealed that the unfortunate senate event was a rude awakening to all for good governance with respect to security of lives and property as contained in 1999 constitution.
Comrade Issa Aremu said that, what the Senate just witnessed had been “the routine lots of many defenseless Nigerians” who are daily physically assaulted by criminals in homes, on the roads and in their various communities.
He also said that while nothing could justify thuggery at the Senate, the leadership of the National Assembly must also stop criminalizing dissenting views of democratically elected members.
“The serial suspension of any members of the hallowed Chambers who hold contrary views amounts to legislative dictatorship which is also unacceptable in a democracy” he observed.
Democracy is about cooperation as much as contestation and the National Assembly is the true symbol of both, he said.
Aremu however said that, the mass condemnation of the senate invasion was an indication that, “there is a national consensus that democracy despite some of its shortcomings remains the best form of good governance and development for Nigeria.”