National Assembly blockade: NBA berates Nigeria police, lawmakers

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

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has described as a show of shame last week’s actions of the police preventing some lawmakers from accessing the National Assembly. It also condemned the lawmakers who climbed over the fence of the Assembly to gain access to the chambers, saying “our elected Representatives should always conduct themselves maturely and responsibly.
 
The lawyers’ association, in a statement by its president, Augustine Alegeh, said the selective manner some persons were allowed into the complex while others were shut out raised doubts on the police’ claim that it acted on a security report to act the way it did.
 
“The implementation of the security report also lacked transparency and good faith. The entire process being lacking in credibility is strongly condemned,” he said.

The association advised that as the 2015 general election approaches, politicians “must not engage in any conduct culpable of truncating our nascent democracy.”

It added that “political differences may exist but must be resolved in civility and in accordance to the law. Our collective interest as Nigerians must not be sacrificed for personal need”. 

Also commenting on the current political crisis rocking the Ekiti State House of Assembly, the association described the removal of the Speaker, Adewale Omirin, by seven Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lawmakers as “illegal and unlawful”. 

The seven lawmakers said they had impeached Mr.  Omirin, and his deputy, Adetunji Orisalade, and replaced them with Dele Olugbemi and Abeni Olayinka.  Their actions were opposed and rejected by the 19 other members of the Assembly who are members of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The NBA said the approval of the interim local government chairmen, special advisers to the governor and commissioners by the seven lawmakers was an act of impunity and unlawfulness.  It asked the seven lawmakers involved in “these unconstitutional act” to have due respect and regards for the Nigerian constitution and conduct themselves in more responsible manner as elected representatives. 

The association also urged security operatives to ensure that law and order prevail in Ekiti at all times.


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  • Goodluck_Nigeria

    IG AND THE NIGERIA POLICE MUST BE COMMENDED FOR AVERTING WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE MOST DISGRACEFUL VIOLATION OF THE NIGERIAN CONSTITUTION SINCE INDEPENDENCE IN 1960

    Nigerians must thank GOD for the IG and the Nigerian Police who acted promptly to avert what would have been the biggest disgrace and the most spiteful violation of the Nigerian Constitution since independence in 1960.

    Going by Section 68(1)g of the Nigerian constitution A-minus Tambuwaal is no longer a member of the House of Representatives and no longer a member of the National Assembly.

    If the Nigerian Police had not acted promptly we would have had a situation where someone who is not member of the House of Representives would have gone ahead to even preside over the House of Representative as Speaker … God forbid.

    The word impeachment should not even be mentioned here …… what we should be talking about is what gives the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani the boldness to always trample on the Nigerian Constitution without looking back ?

    Recall, how they trampled on the Nigerian Constitution and went ahead to implement Sharia in their States.

    Recall how they trampled the Nigerian Constitution and went ahead to stop the Miss World Pageant brought to Nigeria by Silverbird.

    Now they want to trample on the constitution by insisting that A-minus Tambuwaal who is no longer a member of the House of Representatives must continue to preside over the House as Speaker.

    • sunkni

      your hatred to Hausa-fulani is enough punishement for you. Go and hug a 330kv transformer. Hausa-fulanis will continue to dominate the Nigerian politics irrespective of who is the president becos is a God gift to them as far as playing poltics is concern.

      • Ahmad

        Hugging the transformer will not do him any harm cos I don’t know when last our transformers hav enough KV to kill a fly. Rather let him leave long in frustration over what he cannot do anything about.

  • favourtalk

    NBA should ask nigeria government , executives this questions, who sent a letter to the house of rep for consideration on emergency rules in those three states?? Who ordered the stop/blockage of the house to some house of rep members and why did they stop only the opposition members including the speaker of the house that the letter was sent to?? Why did the president travelled that same day to london after he saw the effect of what he caused?? All this and many more are to be ansered at first. When the case of his leadership is still in court, I don’t expect any sane man not to respect the rule of law. Why is it that PDP is always high with cocaine intake whenever people leave their party and won’t say a word when people decamp to their midst. What happened to those from Ondo LP recently?? What a show of shame to those in power. We are tired of his government and all common man say no against his agenda comes 2015.

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  • Spoken word

    If only GEJ could lead from the front and not the back. nigeria would be in a better place right now.i know if GEJ should see a gun or tear gas he will pee on himself. Tambuwal led his men from the front, and his fellow house members were solidly behind him. There are people willing to die for this country, I trust GEJ to flee at the slightest sight of any violence.leader indeed.