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Anti Saraki Protesters Shut National Assembly, Barricade Entrances



For second day running members of OccupyNASS grounded activities at the National Assembly as roads leading to the Parliament were barricaded, Wednesday.

The crowd has increased from that of Tuesday. They could seen milling around with blaring music from speakers on top of vehicles.

OcuppyNASS, made up of coalition of civil societies and youth bodies are demanding the resignation of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, following his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal over false assets declaration.

The protesters, who started yesterday, Tuesday, also are asking the National Assembly to harmonize the grey areas in the 2016 budget in view of signing it into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

They also want Senators who have collected the N38m Jeep bought for them by the Bukola Saraki led Senate to immediately return the cars or face a possible showdown from the Nigerian public.

Responding to inquires, one of the protesters told The Street Journal that “this is the time to fix Nigeria, if we cannot get it right now, then it would never be fixed.

“What we are saying is that the Senate President should step aside to face his trial at CCT, he should not distract the Assembly, the House is not his personal property. Let him resign as Senate President, that is all we are saying.”

Another protester, who gave his name as Tony said it was high time the House was cleansed of the hold of Saraki.

“Why is it that he cannot just resign and go? If it were to be other countries he would have since submitted his resignation letter. But here he is, sitting tight as if without him the nation cannot move ahead. We will sit here until he leaves.”

Senate leader, Senator Mohammed Ali-Ndume, said Tuesday, no protest can force Saraki out of office.

Ndume described the protest as a “wrong precedence and anti-democratic’’.

“That is why we are not trying to say anything about them because what is happening out there is a very dangerous precedence that we are trying to set.

“I contested to represent Borno South.

“I did not force myself on my people and therefore somebody out there, especially the one that did not elect me cannot force me out because I didn’t come in by force.

“I came in by ballot not by gun, not by placard, I have posters not placards.

“So, if for example, I am short of performance and my constituents feel that they do not have time to waste, there is a clear-cut process by which they can ask me to be recalled.

“They will collect signatures, ask for me to be recalled, that is the democratic way, not by coming in here to stand and say you want to occupy NASS.

“You occupy NASS to do what, to be leader or to be Senator? It does not work that way,” he said.

He noted that there were constitutional means of recalling an elected members and carrying placards is not one of them.











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