A coalition of Civil Society Organizations have at the moment shut down the main entrance to the National Assembly complex, demanding that the Judges who were recently arrested by the Department of State Security (DSS) must be prosecuted.
The groups under the aegis of National Support Groups for Good Governance (NASUGG) arrived the National Assembly by 10.30am on Tuesday and insisted on talking to the leadership of the 8th Assembly. They were, however, stopped by the Police who had earlier gotten wind of their plan to invade the National Assembly, thereby making them to occupy the main entrance as the security would not allow them in. “We knew they would definitely come here because our men reported that the protesters were earlier at the Aso Rock Villa and also went to the Supreme Court thereafter. “Their protest is welcome, it’s a peaceful demonstration but we can’t allow the into the Assembly complex because their leaders could not assure us that they could put their followers under control if allowed in.
“We have just received their petitions and someone would come from the Assembly to address them”, DSP Nancy Ajaponna, the Officer in charge of the National Assembly Complex said. But addressing journalists, one of the leaders of the groups, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, said the coalition will take the campaign against corruption to the grassroots across Nigeria, to educate young people on the dangers of corruption to national growth and economic development.“The judiciary is not under attack; it’s the corrupt judges that are under attack and should be jailed if found guilty.
“It’s against this background that some Civil Society Organizations came together, with the aim of taking the campaign against corruption to the grassroots across Nigeria, to educate young people on the dangers of corruption to national growth, economic development and infrastructural development and most of all, the impoverishment of our people at the grassroots, ” Maduekwe said. The groups with various placards and different inscriptions in support of the anti-corruption stance of President Buhari include Abuja Youths Conference; Diplomatic Youths Movement; Youth Movement of Nigeria; Women Transformation Initiative; Young People Initiative for Credible Leadership and Dynamic Youth Organization. Others include Election Analysis Group; Positive Renaissance Foundation; South South / South East Youth Forum and South South Elders for Anti-Corruption.