Presidential aspirant under the platform of the Social Democratic Party Ambassador Iyorwuese Hagher has condemned in strong terms yesterday’s invasion of the hallowed chambers by the Department of State Services. Nigerians, on Wednesday the 7th August 2018, woke up to the breaking news of the National Assembly complex being taken over by security men, allowing only legislators which had aligned with the presidency access to the premises. This contradicts Ambassador Hagher’s position as he had observed almost two decades ago that “ Just like the colonial governments before them, governments of African nations while functioning with apparati of modern states, exercise power in an oblique manner, as private property, rather than public service” (Hagher, 2002). This can be cited as one of the examples where state apparatus is used as private property to achieve selfish aims by the government in power.
Follow ups to the story making media rounds revealed that this was in line with the plan to impeach the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. It is also popular belief that this was in a bid by the executive to install a stooge in the person of Senator Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa-Ibom state as Senate President. This was to be reward for his defection from the opposition party PDP to the ruling party APC which has suffered a landslide decamping of its members in protest to bad governance.
An outcry on the New Media which consisted of videos going viral for the world to see showed menacingly armed, masked men preventing legitimate legislators from entry into the hallowed chambers. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo was swift to act sacking and arresting of the Director-General of Department of State Services, Lawal Daura. This has taken our tender and vulnerable democracy ages back. The SDP frontline presidential aspirant, Amb. Iyorwuese Hagher drew parallels to the events that truncated democracy in the sixties. He warned that the politicians who have learnt nothing and forgotten nothing must not push Nigeria over the cliff into the gaping jaws of fascism.