The National Assembly on Thursday vowed that it will ensure that Nigeria’s democracy will not be undermined.
Federal legislators also said it will do all within the provision of its power to ensure that “no party or group” undermines the legislative power of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
They said this while speaking to a group of protesters at the National Assembly.
Senator Samuel Anyanwu, who led the senators, said while they appreciates the groups effort, the delegation wil inform the leadership of the National Assembly of the demand by the group.
He said: “We have reached the point there is no going back on democracy, we have heard you and will return the the leadership of the National Assembly – the Senate President Bukola Saraki and speaker Dogara – on the purpose of your visit.”
in their response, the group led by Jude Ndukwe, the convener of Movement for the Advancement of National Transformation; Arioyo Dare-Atoye of Coalition in defence of Nigerian Democracy and Deji Adeyanju, the convener of Concerned Citizens said there is evidence that democracy is under threat in Nigeria.
Dare-Atoye said: “Nigerians must defend the institute of democracy. We can no longer afford the luxury of these unnecessary distractions.
“While the executives concentrate on attacking the national assembly, they left their guard open and allowed meningitis to avoidably claim hundreds of lives of Nigerians who depended on them for action against such diseases.”
“This unholy attempt to kill our legislature must stop now! Need we remind all those working to undermine the legislative arm is the bastion of democracy and the pedestal on which every democracy, whether presidential, parliamentary or any other form of democratic government stands, and that any attempt to weaken it is an attempt to subvert democracy,” he added.