Archbishop blasts Reps for jumping National Assembly gate

Hon Cheche, from Niger State, climbing over NASS gate to enter the premises after the police mounted a blockade targeted at the Speaker.

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Martins, on Monday expressed disgust at the behaviour of some members of the House of Representatives who scaled the gate of the National Assembly Complex last week.

The lawmakers jumped the gate in defiance of a police blockade on the complex on Thursday.

The legislators, including the speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, had earlier been denied access by the police.

Mr. Martins told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos that the lawmakers ought to have restrained themselves from throwing decorum to the wind, no matter the level of provocation.

“It gives us a lot of concern that the officials of the National Assembly have to climb the fence in order to arrive at what is supposed to be a hallowed chamber,” the Archbishop said.

“It’s indeed, a disgrace to the whole nation; it’s a real disgrace to the whole process of governance as represented in the legislative arm of government.

“And I think that whatever it is that lead to it should not have happened at all because it doesn’t give us confidence that the security forces are going to get right the whole process of elections that are forthcoming next year.

“Legislators should recognise their dignity as legislators, and therefore whatever it is that is disagreement among them should not go to such an extent.

“They are representing the whole nation as well as individual citizens within Nigeria.

“And therefore, whatever their disagreements are they should not in any way let it go to this kind of extent that we saw. I think that, that portends a lot of danger for the nation.”


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