DSS blocking parliament in Nigeria: An act of undermining democracy
The blockade by security forces on Tuesday that prevented lawmakers from entering for up to an hour was done without the presidency’s knowledge, said the acting president who sacked the head of the security agency.
Department of State Security operatives blocking the parliament in Nigeria is an unwelcomed event which is being condemned by various leaders and politicians.
The blockade by security forces on Tuesday that prevented lawmakers from entering for up to an hour was done without the presidency's knowledge, said the acting president who sacked the head of the security agency.
The blockade came amid heightened tensions between lawmakers and the presidency. A raft of parliamentarians has quit Buhari's ruling party over the last few weeks and joined the main opposition.
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, said the action was geared towards forcefully changing the Senate's leadership. Atiku, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, condemned what he described as "this atrocity;" and called on all those involved "to put Nigeria first and abandon this madness." He said that the constitution of Nigeria, as amended, guarantees both the independence of the Legislature and separation of powers. He said, "Nigeria is a democracy, not a military dictatorship and we, the people, will never return to tyranny.
Legislators react to National Assembly blockade and call on President Muhammadu Buhari and acting President Yemi Osinbajo to stop hiding behind one finger and live up to their responsibility of upholding the constitution and law and order, which they swore to on May 29, 2015.