OrderPaperToday – President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki today heaped praises on a member of the House of Representatives, Boma Goodhead, for daring hooded operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to shoot while confronting their barricade of the National Assembly on Tuesday.
Saraki who spoke at a world press conference following the invasion, also accused the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration of running a “government within a government.”
The press briefing was attended by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara as well as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members from both chambers.
The Senate President while thanking Nigerians, CSOs and the international community for their reaction to the invasion, singled out a female PDP lawmaker for special praise, saying: “Among the many that come up for special mention, I believe that Honourable Boma Goodhead, a member of the House of Representatives, stands out. She looked at a masked security operative in the eye and dared him to shoot. She let it be known that Nigerians would not stand for the barricade at the National Assembly, that we would not be cowed. It was another pointer to what is possible in this country when women take their place in leadership.”
Saraki condemned the incident as “an act of cowardice” by those determined to illegally impeach the leadership of the Senate. Furthermore, the Senate President alleged of “a government within a government” that is working against the interest of the country.
“Some of you may recall that about two years ago, I stated that there was a government within this government, to a purpose that was not in the interest of what the people voted for. I said it then, and now we are beginning to see the manifestations of that government within a government.
“It beats one’s imagination how the head of an agency could have authorized the brazen assault on the legislature that we saw yesterday. Despite the threat to our lives, we shall continue to fight impunity and injustice in this country,” he said.
The Senate President however praised Nigerians, for defeating the said forces: “We have shown that Nigerians can resist government within government in whatever guise, and this is humbling for me. Those who sought to attack the National Assembly under my leadership for their selfish ends have only affirmed my belief in this country. They attempted to execute an illegal impeachment of the leadership of the Senate without the backing of the law, but they faltered. I am confident that, together, we shall always defeat acts of unconstitutionality. The rule of law shall always prevail.”
Saraki concluded his speech by restating the commitment of the National Assembly to working for the good of the country while revealing that despite yesterday’s invasion that prevented a meeting of the National Assembly leadership and INEC, the parliament will continue to dialogue with the electoral body and address other pressing national issues which could lead to an earlier than scheduled reconvening of the National Assembly. He however used the medium to urge the President, Muhammadu Buhari to sign into law the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment Bill recently passed by the National Assembly.