OrderPaperToday – The Member representing Epe Constituency II in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Olusegun Olulade, has blasted the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, following his statement warning of a possible return to military rule in the country.
During plenary on Wednesday, the Deputy Senate President said: “The problem in Nigeria is that our democracy is receding. Who says [the] army cannot take over? Let us not joke with our democracy.”
In his reaction, Olulade described Ekweremadu’s statement as “careless and ridiculous,” stressing that such a remark should not emanate from a parliamentarian.
“Any thoughtful legislator who is a true democrat will know that anytime the military strikes, the legislature will be the one to suffer. We can all still remember what we went through during the military era, in which the citizens were reduced to severe hardship. So it is very unfortunate that Senator Ekweremadu will make such statement on the floor of the Senate,” he said.
Speaking further, Olulade emphasised that Ekweremadu only made such a comment because he was not a part of the struggle to return Nigeria to democracy.
“He wouldn’t have uttered such a statement. A true democrat should not even joke with military taking over power.
“It is now clear to us that a person like Ekweremadu is not a lover of democracy. I could recollect that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, sometime ago, alleged that some politicians are lobbying some top military hierarchy to take over power in the country.”
Olulade asked the Deputy Senate President to take more care when speaking on the floor of the Senate, saying “we should not be talking about military return to power at this time when the present government is trying very hard to put the country back to her rightful place.”