The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has hailed the resilience of members of the National Assembly over the invasion of its complex by officials of the State Security Service.
Operatives of the SSS had in a perceived bid to aid the forceful removal of Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday blocked the main gate of the National Assembly, preventing lawmakers and staff from gaining access into the complex.
The lawmakers were, however, able to gain access to their facility after resistance.
Mr Dogara, in a statement circulated on Wednesday by his special adviser on Media and Public affairs, Turaki Hassan, said their (lawmakers) action was not just a service to Nigeria but also to democracy.
“What you did today is not just a service to our fatherland, it is a service to democracy, actually you have ensure that our democracy survives and you have beaten back the callous hands of tyranny.
“What we have done therefore is service to our democracy and forever this day will go into history, as one of those days our democracy faced serious trials and that true men and women of courage were able to ensure that it survives.”
Mr Dogara urged the legislators to be vigilant because more harassments were coming.
“You should be vigilant as it is said by so many philosophers that vigilance is the condition upon which God has given man liberty.
“Once you compromise that, instantly is the punishment of your crimes; it has been said clearly.
“So we have to be eternally vigilant; it is not that today’s event has ended and democracy will not face any other trial, they will keep coming.”
He thanked the lawmakers and prayed for God to enable them do more noble things for the benefit of Nigeria and Nigerians.