The management and leadership of the National Assembly have asked Nigerians to hold the security agencies responsible if President Muhammadu Buhari fails to present the 2019 Appropriation Bill on Wednesday as planned.
Backstory: The leadership of the National Assembly led by President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and the management, led by Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Mohammed Sani-Omolori released a joint statement on Tuesday, Dec. 18th.
The statement which was presented by Sani-Omolori in the early hours of Tuesday after an emergency meeting said the leadership had directed the police and DSS to ensure adequate security within the vicinity of the National Assembly from Tuesday morning.
They said this was to “to enable members and staff come in and perform their legitimate duties without any hindrance.”
The statement added that “The leadership of the National Assembly called the meeting because they know that almost all the issues raised by the striking workers were being addressed by the management. And after listening to the CNA, it was unanimously agreed that the management had made sufficient plans and efforts to address all the grievances of the workers and ensure their happiness.”
“We were sure that the issues raised by the workers have been well attended to and that it is necessary for the business of the National Assembly to continue without any disturbance.”
The statement added that security agents were mandated “to perform their duty of maintaining law and order in the National Assembly Complex and its surrounding.”
“Senators and members of the House of Representatives, their aides, other workers and people who have legitimate business within the National Assembly Complex are therefore advised to come in as they will be free to operate without any hindrance and molestation.”
The statement concluded that “If President Buhari is unable to present the budget proposal on Wednesday as scheduled Nigerians should hold the security agencies responsible for failing in the performance of their duties.”
Bottom Line: Saraki, Dogara and Sani-Omolori are claiming that “almost all the issues raised by the striking workers were being addressed.” Hasn’t been addressed, but being addressed. Wonder whether the workers trust them enough to take their words for it.