By Jude Opara
The All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Representatives caucus yesterday warned their counterparts from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to desist from using the blockade of the National Assembly complex by operatives of t Department of State Services (DSS) last Tuesday to blackmail the President Muhammadu Buhari government.
Addressing the media after their meeting yesterday, Majority leader of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, who condemned the action, noted that the federal government took a decisive action by immediately sacking the former Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura.
He said it was unfortunate that the issue has been politicized to the extent that lawmakers who ought to have stood together to condemn the act irrespective of party affiliation appear to be polarized against party lines.
“What happened here last Tuesday is unacceptable and should be condemned by every well meaning Nigerian. I recall when a similar incident happened here in 2014, all of stood shoulder to shoulder to condemn that assault on the legislature, but today it is unfortunate that our PDP counterparts are not here with us.
“Nobody was happy with what happened but unfortunately it has been given a partizan colouration. We all should stand ad and defend democracy, and our PDP counterparts should not use this as an opportunity to malign the President. He didn’t know about it.”
Gbajabiamila also advised that everybody should be calm for a while and allow investigations to be concluded.
Also Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Yusuf Lasun said the APC still remains the majority in the House adding that they were in support with the President in the summery firing of Daura.
Also Hon. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbbonayinma (APC Edo), has called for the prosecution of the protesters he alleged to have assaulted him at the gate of the complex on that day.
Agbbonayinma who in his reaction to Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki’s call for prosecution of the DSS yesterday demanded for the identification and prosecution of the protesters whom he tagged “thugs” who prevented him from talking to the media on Tuesday at the Complex.