Thank You For Defending Democracy, Absent Saraki Tells Senators
When intruders came to the National Assembly and snatched the mace during Senate's Plenary, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, was not present.
He was far away in Washington where he is attending the Spring Meeting of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund.
When he received the news, he sent a message to his colleagues, commending them for standing up firmly in defence of Nigeria's democracy and the rule of law.
The members of the Senate had earlier on Wednesday defied those who machinated an attack on the Red Chambers of the National Assembly in which the mace was forcefully taken away.
He also lauded the swift reaction by the leadership and members of the House of Representatives in demonstrating their solidarity with the red chamber.
Dr. Saraki in a statement by his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the Representatives' solidarity sent a strong signal that enemies of democracy and those who want to undermine the legislature will be resisted by all parliamentarians.
“I have just been informed that some hoodlums invaded the Senate chambers, forcefully taken away the mace and assaulted some of our Sergeant-at-arms on chamber duties.
"I am delighted that the Senate stood up to them by disregarding their unreasonable and shameful action and went on with the day’s proceedings as slated in the Order Paper.
“My commendation goes to my deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, other members of the leadership, my colleagues, the leadership and members of the House of Representatives for standing in defence of democracy, parliamentary sanctity and constitutionalism.
“With the way the Senate has defied those seeking to undermine it, we have sent out a strong signal that we are always ready to defend our constitutional mandate and nothing will deter us from this.
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“I associate myself with the comments of the Deputy Senate President that we are ready to get to the roots of this assault on democracy and ensure that those who are responsible, no matter how remote, will be brought to justice”, Saraki stated.