Members of the Enugu State House of Assembly, today Thursday rose with one voice and condemned strongly, the invasion of the Senate chambers on Wednesday by thugs and hoodlums who took away the mace which is the symbol of authority of Nigeria’s upper legislative assembly.
While condemning the wicked act and the unfortunate incident, the House expressed serious view that the security heads, the service chiefs, should be changed because of lax in security, not only in the Senate but the entire nation.
The legislators who were reacting to a motion of public importance brought before the plenary on the floor of the House by the member representing Ezeaugu Constituency,
Chima Obieze, supported by four other members, enjoining the House to pass a resolution condemning the act, they called on other houses of assembly in Nigeria to follow suit and condemn the act which was viewed as a slap on democracy.
Speaker of the House, Edward Ubosi while thanking his colleagues for their contributions to the motion, said that what happened was a big disgrace to the nation and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly effect change in the security chiefs who he passed vote of no confidence on.
Ubosi said "I want to thank my colleagues for their contributions. What happened is a disgrace to the nation. As far as I am concerned, the security heads are not performing. The president should try some other people," he averred and lamented that democracy seemed to be at variance with anarchy. There is a serious war between democracy and anarchy in the land."
He expressed fears that as things stand in Nigeria, using votes to change a government might not be possible because insecurity is capable of jeopardising democracy.
Mover of the motion, Obieze, while presenting the motion, had expressed similar fears that if what is happening now is not roundly condemned by all, Nigeria might be heading for the rocks or disintegration.
Onieze said "Mr. Speaker, the ship of the state called Nigeria is heading towards the rock and if we elected lawmakers as crusaders of democracy refuse to fight for our dear country, then am afraid darker days may just be ahead of us."
Making her own contribution, Lydia Nkechi-Omeje Ogbu representing Nsukka West, likened what happened at the Senate and what is happening in Nigeria to a war situation, lamenting that IDP camps are growing by the day.
She said "I am highly concerned about what happened yesterday. I am a woman and we women and children suffer a lot when there is trouble in the land. We are at war. There is IDP everywhere. People are killed in Taraba, Benue, Borno, etc. Since this government came to power, there has been lawlessness in the land. The service chiefs should not be concentrated in one section of the land."