The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has warned against truncating Nigeria’s democracy by agents of the federal government and desperate politicians in their bid to control the national assembly.
The IYC made the warning while reacting to the early morning invasion and blockade of the national assembly complex by officials of the directorate of state security services and Nigeria police force.
According to IYC, the officials of the DSS are said to have premised their action on order from above.
In a statement signe by the IYC president, Eric Omare, the body said the action of the DSS officials was undemocratic and totally unwarranted.
It would be recalled that less than two weeks ago, same security agencies invaded the official residences of the senate president and the deputy president to prevent the senate from sitting.
The IYC warned that these actions are capable of derailing the nation’s democratic journey and could lead to unavoidable crisis, noting that the hallmark of democracy is the adherence to the rule of law and due process.
It said: “There is a due process established by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended for carrying out the functions of the national assembly and not through the instrumentality of mask wearing officials of the DSS.
“The IYC is amazed that all these democracy threatening actions are taking place under the supervision of Acting President Yemi Osinbanjo, a Professor of Law who ought to provide the needed leadership.”
The IYC called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the DSS and police to save Nigeria’s democratic journey.
It said: “Our democratic experience was watered by the blood of people who sacrificed their lives for Nigerians to have liberty and freedom; hence any attempt to truncate the process will be vehemently resisted.
“We also call on the international community to prevail on the federal government of Nigeria under President Buhari to respect the institutions of democracy and save Nigerian’s democracy from collapsing.”