Two opposing groups of demonstrators jostled side by side in front of the National Assembly Complex last week, each loudly proclaiming its demands. Hundreds of youth activists under the aegis of Citizens United for Peace and Stability (CUPS), with the online hash tag #OccupyNASS, converged at the Assembly calling on Senate President Bukola Saraki to resign. Saraki is facing charges of false assets declaration at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). At the same time another group with the hash tag #Sarakimuststay was also at the Assembly complex to drum up support for Saraki.
Members of the #OccupyNASS group, drawn from different civil society groups at home and abroad, had first assembled at Unity Fountain in the Central Business District of Abuja before marching on to the National Assembly to begin their three-day sit-in. Apart from calling on Saraki to resign, CUPS wanted lawmakers to return the Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs recently purchased for them at the cost of over N36 million each. They also seek immediate passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill as well as a reversal of all constituency projects proposed in the 2016 budget.
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