The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has stated that last week’s invasion of the Senate chamber was an attack on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Dogara said this during Tuesday’s plenary when he ruled on a motion by Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, who called on the House to probe the circumstances surrounding the invasion of the Senate and recommend appropriate sanctions to anyone found culpable.
DAILY POST reports that on April 18, thugs suspected to be loyal to the suspended Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial district, Ovie Omo-Agege had invaded the red chambers and forcefully took away the mace.
According to the speaker, if the National Assembly could be attacked by hoodlums, the implication is that the Supreme Court and the Presidential Villa, could also be attacked.
“Nothing stops thugs from invading a court if the precedence is allowed to continue and we do not have to wait until the villa is attacked, until we take action. Any attack on the Legislature is an attack on Buhari’s government, an attack on the court institution is an attack on Buhari’s government, an attack on the executive is an attack on Buhari’s government.
“I have listened to debate on both social and conventional media, sometimes even enlightened commentators are trying to draw a moral equivalence between the position of the senate to suspending a member and the act of treason perpetrated within the premises of the National Assembly.
“There is no amount of anger that should allow any member to attempt or much less procure thugs to carry out treasonous act within the premises of the National Assembly”.