Arewa Consultative Youth Forum Condemns National Assembly Siege

Oyewale Oyelola

The Arewa Consultative Youth Forum (ACYF) has condemned the siege on National Assembly complex by security operatives, describing it as an act of treasonable felony against our collective conscience is condemnable in the strongest of words.

The Forum in a statement issued on Tuesday by National President of ACYF, Alhaji Yerima Shettima called for punishment of government officials and sponsors of the siege of National Assembly complex by security operatives.

Recall that security operatives takeover National Assembly on Tuesday in a bid to help APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and about 30 APC Senators to impeach Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki illegally.

The Forum called for stiff sanctions of other collaborators in the siege, notably Abba Kyari Senator Abu Ibrahim, Senator Adamu Abdullahi, Godswill Akpabio, Senator Ahmed Lawan, Adams Oshiomhole and Abba Kyari, in order to send the right signals that the long arm of law is set to catch up with the lawbreakers in our midst.

The statement reads: “Our close look at the unfolding siege on the National Assembly in a desperate bid to launch a coup against a democratically elected Senate President Bukola Saraki was a smear on decorum, anti-thetical to democracy and its institutions. This clear case of treasonable felony against our collective conscience is condemnable in the strongest of words. It has once again ridiculed our image as a democratic and independent nation.

“We suspect enemies of democracy behind the desperate bid to use force in grabbing power out of the hand of the Senate President.

“In view of the above and a lot more, our position now is:-

1. We commend the Acting President Yomi Osinbajo’s prompt response to the brigandage of the Lawal Daura’s gestapo style of truncating democracy.

2. We call for stiff sanctions by way of arrests of other collaborators in this national ridicule, notably Abba Kyari Senator Abu Ibrahim, Senator Adamu Abdullahi, Godswill Akpabio, Senator Ahmed Lawan, Adams Oshiomhole and Abba Kyari, in order to send the right signals that the long arm of law is set to catch up with the lawbreakers in our midst.

3.We call for the immediate setting up of a special panel of Inques to deal with this brazen impunity. Meanwhile, we still look forward to series of arrests of other principal suspects in this uncivilized militarization and impunity against the Senate President and the institution of the National Assembly, whether within or outside the corridors of power.

4. We make bold to say that any action short of arresting the political desperados behind this uncivilized, disgraceful incident at the National Assembly and against the Number Three most-respected office in the land, should be resisted by our compatriots”.

5. We urge the Acting President to stick to his guns regarding efforts to ensure compliance with constitutional provisions and dealing ruthlessly with abuse of office by any government official, no matter how highly-placed.