NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HANDS ULTIMATUM TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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The Senate and the House of Representatives have adjourned plenary indefinitely after making a twelve point demand from the Executive Arm of government.

 

The closed-door session was the first to be held by the two chambers of the National Assembly since the current democratic dispensation began nineteen years ago.

 

During the meeting; the federal lawmakers observed that Nigeria’s democracy was heading for imminent collapse.

 

They resolved to liaise with the ECOWAS Parliament; the United Nations, the European Union and Civil Society Organisations in a bid to save the country.

 

The National Assembly demanded that the security agencies must be given a marching order to check the spate of killings across the country and protect Nigerians

 

They also called for an end to what they called a systematic harassment, humiliation and persecution of perceived political opponents by the Executive Arm of government.

 

It is also the demand of the Federal lawmakers that the Executive must ensure strict adherence to the rule of law, and that President Muhamadu Buhari must be accountable for the actions of his appointees.

 

The National Assembly charged the Executive to show sincerity in the fight against corruption by not being selective and also prosecute government appointees with corruption cases in court.

 

The lawmakers also demanded that the sanctity of the National Assembly should be protected and preserved, and caution the Executive against interfering in the legislature.

 

They want the appropriate authorities to prosecute those who invaded the Senate and snatched its mace, which is the symbol of authority.

 

The Senators and House of Representatives members advised that democratic elections must be competitive and inclusive by removing the present reign of fear and intimidation, as the nation approaches the 2019 elections.

 

The lawmakers passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the two chambers of the National Assembly, while maintaining their previous vote-of-no-confidence on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

 

Speaking after the joint session, Senate President Bukola Saraki warned that it will not hesitate to invoke its constitutional powers if nothing was done to address the resolutions passed at the joint closed-door session.

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