The invasion and the snatching of the mace from the Senate by the hoodlums are not only illegal but should be regarded as an attempted coup d’etat, the height of irresponsibility, an embarrassment and affront to our fledgling democracy.
The invasion of the upper legislative chamber and carting away of the mace, which is the symbol of authority, unchallenged by any security personnel in the National Assembly had depicted that the level of insecurity in the country is zero.
Thugs suspected to be loyal to the suspended Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial district, Ovie Omo-Agege recently invaded the red chambers and forcefully taken away the mace. They stormed the chambers when plenary was going on, thereby creating serious confusion and tension.
However, the mace, which was said to have been abandoned under the flyover before the city gate in Abuja where a passerby saw it and alerted the police, was later recovered, while Omo-Agege had denied involvement in the incident.
That notwithstanding, the armed invasion of the Senate and carting away of the mace, stand condemned. This is because it is uncalled for and a desecration of an institution of democracy.
It is an unfortunate, callous, crude and inhuman action and it is a manifestation of a total collapse in the security architecture of not only the National Assembly but of our country.
It is something that should be of great concern to every right-thinking Nigerian. This is because the security and welfare of the people remain the primary purpose of the government.
Those who perpetrated the heinous act, if care is not taken, will someday do that to the Presidency or the judiciary. So, those behind the attack should be fished out and prosecuted to serve as deterrent.
It calls to question the integrity of the security personnel of the National Assembly. Nigerians are still wondering where the security personnel were when the mace was being carted away by the so-called hoodlums without interception.
So, the role of the National Assembly security agents in the unfortunate incident must also be investigated and any security lapse must not be overlooked in order to nip such incidence in the bud.
The ugly incident should be a wake-up call to all the security agencies that they should live up to their responsibilities while governments at all levels should do the needful to the various security personnel. It is obvious that what happened in the National Assembly was a failure of security apparatus or architecture.
Government must not sleep until the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to book. And there should be no sacred cow.The perpetrators must be deat with accordingly no matter whose ox will be gored.
We salute the courage of those senators who heed to the call to stand firm and defend the parliament and democracy. We also salute the courage of supporting staff of the senate chambers that fell victims of the armed invaders and equally appreciate the solidarity of members of House of Representatives.
While commending the police for recovering the mace, we urge that the commitment of the police to guarantee protection of lives and property.
It would be recalled that following the ugly incident, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, ordered the FCT Police Command not only to beef-up security at the National Assembly, but for his men to embark on the rigorous stop and search operation for the recovery of the mace.
The IGP should sustain this in all the nooks and cranny of the country for effective policing and security of lives and property of the citizenry.
We recommend that that as the citadel of democracy, the internal security of the National Assembly should be independent of any other arm of government. The hallowed chamber is sacred and it should be well protected.
We urge again thorough investigations into the incident to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. This becomes necessary because the sustenance of democracy in the country should remain unequivocal and unwavering.
Government at all levels should put greater emphasis on the elements of security and welfare of the people. It is the duty of government at all levels to protect the people because it is central to democracy dividends.
The security agencies on their part should intensify intelligence gathering while governors should ensure that security votes are used to protect the people in their respective states.
The Federal Government should ensure the entire security apparatus in the National Assembly and indeed in the whole country in terms of intelligence gathering and and ensure that the lives and property are protected.
For a better society.