All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors have officially reacted to the commotion that happened at the National assembly last Thursday during which the speaker of the House of representatives and other members of the Green Chamber of the National Assembly were not only prevented by the police to have access to the chambers, but were also tear-gassed by the police, describing the ugly development as unfortunate.
Chairman of the APC Governors’ forum, who is also the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha who spoke on behalf of the Forum described the incident as a disgrace to the country’s growing democracy, and the worst known incident in the history of the country’s National assembly.
Governor Okorocha stated that with all that happened at the National assembly last Thursday the second arm of the country’s government had been made object of caricature, adding that the police should have been conscious of the institution in question and the personalities concerned in handling whatever was their reason for being there.
The APC Governors’ Forum Chairman continued, “ What happened at the National Assembly on Thursday was condemnable by all lovers of democracy. It was not a good thing to the image of the nation. It was a slap on the face of our democracy. The National assembly of every nation is seen as a very powerful propeller in her democracy. And ours won’t be an exception. So, our democracy was disgraced. Our National assembly members were disgraced and invariably Nigerians who they represent were also disgraced by the singular action of the police”.
He continued, “It is important to add that using the police to intermediate the members of the National Assembly was unacceptable. Again, using tear-gas on the National Assembly members was equally despicable. It was an insult to all Nigerians of goodwill, and all lovers of democratic ideals in the country”
According to governor Okorocha, “the police are also Nigerians who should in no small measure help the country’s democracy to grow from strength to strength because at the end of the day, all Nigerians will be beneficiaries of having a strong, united and democratic nation, including the police”
His words “It will also be an honourabe act for the police, as a highly responsible institution to apologize to Nigerians and members of the National Assembly for what happened last Thursday. That would not be seen as mark of weakness, but would only portray the force as a strong institution with personnel who appreciate democratic ideals and ethos”.
It is hoped that such ugly scenario will not happen again in the best interest of the nation and her citizenry” governor Okorocha added.