The national assembly has said that President Muhammadu Buhari must be held accountable for the actions of his appointees. Senate President Bukola Saraki said this at the end of a closed-door session of the national assembly on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. The senate president who is chairman of the national assembly said the persecution of perceived political opponents must stop. According to him, the lawmakers would not hesitate to invoke their powers against the president if he fails to address a number of resolutions passed at the joint session.
The national assembly passed 12 resolutions at the session which lasted three hours. Senator Saraki read the resolutions at the end of the meeting. “The joint session of the national assembly in a closed session resolved that the security agencies must be given a marching order to curtail the killings of Nigerians across the country and protect the lives and properties of Nigerians. This is the primary responsibility of any responsible government. Two, persecution of political opponents must stop”. “Three, there is the strict adherence to the rule of law and protection of all citizens. Four, the president must be held accountable of the actions of his appointees and must be ready to sanction any act which will ridicule the country and our country’s democracy.
“Five, the government should show sincerity to the fight against corruption by not being selective and also prosecute current appointees in cases pending against them. Six, the sanctity of the national assembly protected and preserved and prosecute those who invaded the senate to seize the mace. Elections must be competitive and inclusive [away] from the rule of fear and intimidation, particularly as we approach the forthcoming 2019 elections. “The national assembly will meet a few international communities through the IPU ECOWAS parliament, CPA, EU and United Nations to secure our democracy. The national assembly will also work close to the civil society organizations to further deepen and protect our democracy.
“Resolution nine, the president must take immediate steps to curtail the growing rate of unemployment especially now that we have the advantage of rising oil price. Ten, both chambers of the national assembly pass a vote of confidence on the senate president and the speaker and the entire leadership of the national assembly. “Eleven, we also hereby reaffirm our earlier resolution of the vote of no confidence on the Inspector-general of police who does nothing but preside over killings of Nigerians and outright disregard for constitutional authority of both the executive and the legislature. Finally, the national assembly will not hesitate to invoke its constitutional power if nothing is done address the bulk of resolutions passed today”. The lawmakers held the session to discuss about “the assault” on their colleagues by the executive. Senator Saraki has allegedly been named as sponsor of those behind the armed robbery in Offa, Kwara state. The incident which took place on April 5, 2018 led to the deaths of 33 persons, including pregnant women and 12 police officers. The police had invited Senator Saraki in connection with the incident but made a U-turn following the intervention of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
After a meeting between Osinbajo and Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, Senator Saraki was asked not to appear in person but explain in writing, what he knows about the robbery suspects. Senator Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, was granted bail last month after he was taken into police custody over an allegation on gunrunning. Seantor Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, was also invited by the police in connection with a murder case.