By Yemi Itodo 

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commended the leadership and members of the Senate for standing up firmly in defence of democracy and the rule of law with their decision to defy those who machinated an attack on the red chamberchamber of the National Assembly in which the mace was forcefully taken away.

Saraki, speaking from Washington where he is currently attending the Spring Meeting of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF),  also lauded the swift reaction by the leadership and members of the House of Representives in demonstrating their solidarity with the red chamber and thereby sending a strong signal that enemies of democracy and those who want to undermine the legislature will be resisted by all parliamentarians.

“I have just been informed that some hoodlums invaded the Senate chambers, forcefully taken away the mace and assaulted some of our Sergeant-at-arms on chamber duties. I am delighted that the Senate stood up to them by disregarding their unreasonable and shameful action and went on with the day’s proceedings as slated in the Order Paper.

“My commendation goes to my deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, other members of the leadership, my colleagues, the leadership and members of the House of Representives for standing in defence of democracy, parliamentary sanctity and constitutionalism.

“With the way the Senate has defied those seeking to undermine it, we have sent out a strong signal that we are always ready to defend our constitutional mandate and nothing will deter us from this.

“I associate myself with the comments of the Deputy Senate President that we are ready to get to the roots of this assault on democracy and ensure that those who are responsible, no matter how remote, will be brought to justice”, Saraki stated.

The National Assembly was on Wednesday, thrown in to pandemonium when hoodlums suspected to be working for Senator Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta Central, disrupted the Senate proceeding and carted away with the mace. 

No fewer than 3 officers of the Sergeant-at-arm, including ladies, were hospitalised while the Senator, who is the Secretary of Parliamentary Support Group for Buhari, was arrested by the Police.