By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM) has said that it is deeply perturbed by the resort to panicky gestapo actions by the Nigerian Presidency, using security forces in the early hours of Tuesday, to prevent the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu from attending to their constitutional legislative duties at the National Assembly.
NIM expressed this in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Nasser Kura, made available to newsmen on Tuesday.
“This ruthless show of force rather civil engagement being foisted on the leadership of the Nigerian Parliament by its Executive counterpart, is to say the least anti democratic, highhanded and reckless and have the potential of truncating the life of Nigeria’s hard earned civil rule if caution is not quicky taken,” it said.
NIM therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately caution his men in the security apparatus of Nigeria, to avoid the breakdown of order and a breach of the country’s peace and stability
“We further wish to advise the leadership of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) that rather than employ arm twisting tactics, to urgently make amend by taking the right step in genuinely engaging and appeasing its teeming aggrieved leaders as the backlash of their current escapades in government is capable of rendering governance of the country totally comatose and chaotic at this critical period of the Nigeria’s economic downturn
“Consequently, NIM as the vanguard of the third force movement of fresh breed political leaders in the country strongly demand an immediate refrain, remorse and unreserved apology to the leadership of the Senate of Nigeria to the Presidency for today’s reckless show of power against the parliamentary institution of the Nigerian peoples so as to avoid incurring a mass action from the third force movement; the type that can keep tongues wagging in the annals of Nigeria
“In demonstration of our disapproval of today’s reckless siege on the representatives of the People and in order to prevent further occurrence of this sort of dastardly act by government, we in the leadership of the third force movement shall be forwarding a formal “Save the Soul of Democracy” Petition to the international community, especially the United Nations and the African Union, to prevail on the APC government to stop muzzling the democratic rights and freedom of the Peoples of Nigeria.”