[The Activism Blog] The Senate’s statement on protests demanding Buhari’s resignation is foolish

The Bukola Saraki-led eighth Senate has been a plethora of jesters. Irrespective of party affiliation they are all the same and have contributed little or nothing to national development.

If Senators are not spending billions buying cars, they are busy arguing on the Custom’s boss refusal to wear the service’s uniform. Their helmsman has spent the better part of his two years in office in court for allegedly failing to declare his assets.

So on Tuesday, the Senate decided to be foolish. Its Spokesman Aliyu Abdullahi in a statement on Tuesday described those calling for Buhari’s return or resignation as noisemakers. Aliyu added, “…let their sense of patriotism overshadow the zeal for activism by joining other Nigerians to pray for the president”.

The Senate should know that “other Nigerians” are DONE praying for the president. Nigerians cannot continue to be in the dark on the status of his health. The red chamber should not try to muzzle the voice of the people in any way.

The protesters are within their rights to hold a protest as stipulated by our laws.

Moreso, for the Senate to describe the protesters as noise makers has given credence to those who described Nigerian politicians as those who only need the electorate during election and nothing more.

The Senate just showed once again that it should not to be taken seriously. This statement has a semblance with its utterances to Kogi West constituents on their attempt to recall Senator Dino Melaye.

By this action, the Senate has shown its self-serving nature and we urge them to “let their sense of patriotism overshadow the zeal for activism”.

It should not take sides with the executive or speak on its behalf.

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