​Groups storm NASS, demand Saraki’s resignation

Members of the Citizens United for Peace and Stability protesting against alleged Corruption and Non-Passage of the 2016 Budget, at the Entrance of the National Assembly in Abuja on Tuesday (26/4/16). 3149/26/4/2016/HB/BJO/NAN

A group, “Occupy National Assembly”, on Tuesday stormed the National Assembly, demanding the resignation of the president of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki.

​​Members of the group wore green and white T-shirts, carrying placards with various inscriptions: “Legislators stop budget padding”, “Return exotic cars”, “Saraki must go”, “Enough is enough”, among others.

One of the leaders of the group, Sadiq Jidda, told journalists that based on all the allegations against Mr. Saraki, it was time he resigned.

Mr. Jidda said the National Assembly had not delivered in its business of lawmaking.

He also complained about the salaries, allowances and constituency projects of the legislators.

“What does a legislator have to do with projects? We are gathered here to occupy National Assembly.

“Senate President should resign, his integrity is in question and he has been indicted.

“Yes, he has not been convicted but his integrity is in question,” he said.

However, some other members of the group said that they were not only demanding Saraki’s resignation but were protesting many other issues in the National Assembly.

Meanwhile, a pro-Saraki group “Save Nigeria Group” insisted that it was not necessary for Mr. Saraki to resign.
The leader of the group, Solomon Adodo, said those calling for Mr. Saraki’s resignation did not mean well for the country.

To prevent the two groups from gaining entry into the complex, security agencies closed the gate.

The gate remained closed while the protests lasted.

(NAN)


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