A coalition of Civil Society Organisations working in support of Credible and Transparent Elections in Nigeria, under the auspices of the “Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, (NCSSR)” has condemned the recent siege at the National Assembly by security operatives who barricaded the NASS gate and prevented staff from gaining access to their offices.
Executive Director, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), Mr Clement Nwankwo, while addressing the press, Tuesday, in Abuja, on behalf of the NCSSR, described the act as a serious threat to Nigeria’s Democracy and warned that if it is not checked, it could lead to a gradual decline of the Nigeria state to Anarchy.
Nwankwo who appreciated the Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s decisive step on the sack of the DSS boss, also called on the Vice President to ensure that security forces respect the institutions of democracy` and claw back from the atmosphere of fear and dictatorship that has now entered our democratic space.
“The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room) condemns as despicable and a serious threat to Nigeria’s Democracy, the actions of the Department of State Security (DSS), Nigeria Police and security forces, in barricading the gates of the National Assembly and preventing the functioning of an independent arm of government. These actions are unconstitutional and negate Nigeria’s democratic development putting almost 20 years of Nigeria’s Fourth Republic in great crisis and danger.
Nigeria’s Constitution and laws and the National Assembly Rules define clear procedures for removal of presiding officers. Seeking to forcibly and violently interfere with the leadership of the National Assembly, points to dictatorship”, he warned.
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