"I am utterly embarrassed, shocked and outraged by this ugly development because it is not only a threat to a major democratic institution, but also represents a grave danger to the survival of our democracy."

These were the words of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday after hoodlums invaded the Senate and carted away the mace during plenary.

Atiku described the attack as a dangerous precedent and an assault on Nigeria’s democracy by anti-democratic elements.

For him, the timing of the attack could not have been worse considering the tension in the country.

The former Vice President noted that it is inconceivable that hoodlums could force their way into the Senate chamber.

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"If criminals could commit such security breach with impunity, it means that our entire democracy is in danger", Atiku said and warned "those behind this illegality to avoid creating a monster that could consume them".

Atiku Abubakar reminded Nigerians that so many people have died in order to bring this democracy about and therefore called for immediate investigation into the incident. 

"It is unacceptable and reprehensible to subject the National Assembly to this intimidation and humiliation. This attack by thugs should not go unpunished no matter who is involved", he added. 


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