- The siege by masked men of the Department of State Security (DSS) on Tuesday, August 7, is still generating reactions across the country
- Prominent Nigerians have condemned the action by the security outfit, saying their conduct portends danger for Nigeria's democracy
- A presidential aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kabiru Turaki, wants those responsible to face the wrath of the law
Front-line PDP presidential aspirant, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, has called for the prosecution of those behind the siege on the National Assembly on Tuesday, August 7.
Speaking separately in Ibadan and Osogbo while visiting Oyo and Osun states to consult with PDP delegates, state executive committees and other leaders of the party, Turaki said that it was not enough for the federal government to sack any culprit from his job.
“Those responsible should be investigated and prosecuted in the court to serve as a deterrence from such acts in the future,” he said.
Turaki expressed sadness at “the desecration of the symbol of democracy, the National Assembly, with impunity 19 years after sustained efforts were made to establish representative governance.”
He noted that putting the National Assembly under siege was tantamount to putting Nigeria's democracy in chains.
“It also meant that the rule of law had no meaning to to the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC),” he lamented.
The former minister promised to rejig the economy from the comatose level that the APC had placed it if given the opportunity to serve, and also create an enabling environment for the youth to be engaged productively so that they themselves can be employers of labour.
He further promised that the security agencies will be headed by seasoned professionals who will complement one another in tackling the nation's security challenges more effectively and efficiently.
He enjoined members of the party to be united and brace for the challenges ahead in trying to wrestle power from those he termed as marauders at the next general elections, stressing that he has what it takes to defeat the APC presidential candidate.
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Similarly, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has condemned the siege on the National Assembly by the DSS, urging Nigerians to rise up against the growing dictatorship of the federal government.
Governor Wike declared that the action of the government is condemnable and has the capacity to truncate the nation's democracy.
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