A former President of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Comrade Babatunde Ogun, has described the two recent political incidents where police tear gassed civil servants and legislators at the National Assembly and the impeachment of the Ekiti State House of Assembly’s Speaker, Dr. Adewale Omirin, as a rape on the nation’s democracy.
Reacting to the brutality of the police at the House of Representatives and the impeachment saga at the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Comrade Ogun said that politicians should act with decorum and stop activities that can put the Nigerian nation under tension.
In a statement made available to journalists on Friday, the immediate past President of PENGASSAN condemned the manners and behaviours of the police, who applied maximum force in stopping the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, from entering the National Assembly Complex.
He berated the police authorities that they did not even consider the safety of ordinary workers in the Assembly before firing the tear gas.
Comrade Ogun, who commended the intervention of the Senate President, David Mark, and the shutting of the National Assembly, called on the legislators, especially the Senate, to ensure that the “unholy” action of the police did not unchecked, adding: “The police ought to be non-partisan and perform their sacred duty of maintaining law and order but not causing chaos as seen at the National Assemblyon Thursday.”
On the impeachment of Omirin, the union leader condemned the action, describing the impeachment as not only unconstitutional but also “illogical, unethical and a show of shame”.