Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday praised a Reps member, Boma Goodhead, for her courage in challenging officers of the State Security Services who blocked the entrance of the National Assembly.
Mrs Goodhead had arrived the National Assembly gate on Tuesday with the Deputy Minority Whip of the Senate, Biodun Olujimi, around 8 a.m. but could only wait for a short briefing before charging at the operatives.
“I dare you to shoot me”! ” I said shoot me”!! “Is this how President Jonathan left Democracy for President Buhari!?” she said repeatedly.
Her boldness paid off less than half an hour later, as the officers got the directive to allow the lawmakers enter.
While addressing journalists at the National Assembly foyer on Wednesday, Mr Saraki praised her for her braveness.
“Among the many that come up for special mention, I believe that Honourable Boma Goodhead, a member of the House of Representatives, stands out. She looked a masked security operative in the eye and dared him to shoot. She let it be known that Nigerians would not stand for the barricade at the National Assembly, that we would not be cowed. It was another pointer to what is possible in this country when women take their place in leadership,” he said from a written speech.
He thereafter called on the lawmaker to be specially recognised.
Masked SSS officers on Tuesday blocked entrance into the National Assembly preventing lawmakers, staff, journalists and the public from entering the complex.