Senate will start serving summons on journalists and poor market women — MURIC

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[MURIC]–Professor Ishaq Akintola, Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has said that the Nigerian Senate is working against the People who elected them, as such should be shut down by Nigerians before it is too late.

He made this known in a statement on Friday, while reacting to the series of recent incidents which took place in the Red Chamber.

He said that the body language of the lawmakers has validated the allegations that they are at war with the executive council, which according him will be of no good to the development of the country.

He mentioned the suspension of Senator Ali Ndume, summon of Prof. Itsey Sagay, non confirmation of Ibrahim Magu, the non confirmation of the INEC Resident Commissioners, among other cases,  as typical examples.

He said that Nigerians must react to these irregular act by the Nigerian Senate.

The statement reads in full;

“Though it has been denied, the threat allegedly made by Senate to shut down government appears real. Senate’s body language indicates it is all out for war with the executive.

“It is parliamentary rascality at its worst. We can no longer trust the eighth Senate. It is capable of doing anything. The Nigerian people must strike while the iron is hot. We must shut down Senate before it shuts down the government.

“First, the head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, was rejected twice by Senate. Nigerians were quick to conclude that the senators were unwilling to stomach a man who would not make concessions to lawmakers particularly since many of them have pending cases of fraud.

“In the second instance, Senate suddenly bared its fangs and summoned Hammed Ali. The red chamber insisted that the customs chief must appear in customs uniform. It was later revealed that a bullet proof SUV car illegally brought into the country was at the root of the matter.

“Thirdly, Professor Itse Sagay, a respected constitutional lawyer was summoned by Senate for criticizing its actions. This is indubitable evidence of Senate’s determination to silence critics. Very soon they will start serving summons on journalists and poor market women.

“The Nigerian Senate has also been ruthless in dealing with dissenting voice within the hallowed chamber. Senator Ali Ndume was suspended for six months merely for voicing opposition to Senate’s recklessness. This is another red signal.

“A few powerful senators are perpetrating oligarchic dictatorship in the red chamber. Nigerians must rise before this powerful but self-serving oligarchy descends on other patriotic and progressive senators in their midst.

“This Senate will not tolerate free speech. It is out to strangulate the democratic process. Senate is gunning for parliamentary totalitarian dictatorship. It must be stopped before it is too late.

“A fourth example has occurred in Senate’s refusal to screen people nominated as commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Yet screening of nominees is the statutory responsibility of lawmakers. Does Senate want carpenters and taxi drivers to come forward to perform this legislative duty?

“How then do we explain a situation whereby senators refuse to perform their duties? We hope we are communicating with Nigerians and we hope the masses can read between the lines. Senate appears to be telling the executive arm: ‘Play ball or …’ There is no other word to use for this than ‘armtwisting’.

“We want Nigerians to compare Senate’s ruthlessness in dealing with both external (Professor Itse Sagay) and internal critics (Senator Ali Ndume) to the red-carpet treatment it gave the senate president on the imported car scandal and the kid’s-glove treatment it gave Senator Dino Melaye on Dinogate.

“The Nigerian Senate has declared war on the Nigerian people. Nigerians must wake up from their deep slumber before it is too late.”




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