The last has not been heard concerning the aftermath of the invasion of the Nigerian Senate on Wednesday April 18, 2018 by thugs allegedly led into the chamber by suspended Delta Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. The senator has obtained an injunction against the police from arresting him but there is a new twist to the turn of events which might make things even more complicated.
By the law setting up our democracy, the National Assembly is a body on its own with attendant rules and regulations guiding its operations same as judiciary and the executive. However the executive under this administration has embarked on activities symbolic of a military regime by interfering directly or through proxies in the activities of the other arms of government. The invasion of the private residences of some judges in 2017 was the starting point that has gradually escalataed to the latest act of sacrilege by Senator Omo-Agege which reportedly received the backing of the executive.
While the Federal Government has publicly refrained from commenting in the Omo-Agege saga, the latest action by the federal government through Dayo Apata, the Solicitor General of the federation is an action which calls for questioning and scrutiny at the same time. The federal government on Monday asked an Abuja high court to declare the suspension of the embattled senator from the Nigerian senate as unlawful .
The federal government by this action has raised several questions which needs answers for effective clarification. One, what is the business of the federal government with the dealings of the National Assembly. Two, what role did the executive played in the invasion and eventual stealing of the senate mace by thugs aided by Senator Omo-Agege. Three, why was the executive silent when Senator Ali Ndume was suspended by the Senate and most especially Honorable Abdulmumin Jibrin who was suspended for raising the budget padding scandal. All through the suspension of these individuals the federal government was silent so why the sudden interest in Omo-Agege.
This latest interest by the federal government calls for questioning and scrutiny, what Omo-Agege did was a shameful act that should not be associated with the executive. It is a scandal too many