•Says action amounts to coup detat
The umbrella body of Ndigbo, Ohanaeze, has described the Tuesday’s siege to the National Assembly by security operatives as equivalent of a coup as the group urged the government to probe the incident.
The President General of Ohanaeze, Chief John Nnia Nwodo said the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was right in describing the act as a breach of national security but said that all the characters who participated in the act either directly or indirectly should face the law to act as a deterrent to overzealous operatives.
Nwodo charged the acting president to go beyond the sacking of the Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS) and institute a high powered investigation to fish out all the culprits.
The president general said in a statement he signed and released wednesday that it was not possible for the DSS alone to carry out the siege without the involvement of the police.
He doubted the denial of police on the matter as he urged Osinbajo to critically examine the role of the police and the claim that it did not participate a possible after thought only after the ‘coup’ failed.
The Ohanaeze chieftain said the embarrassment this act brought to the nation is enormous and should not be treated with levity.
“If the state security can just wake up and seal up the National Assembly housing the country’s parliament they could go further one day to over throw government after discussing with some interest groups.
Nwodo said that Ohanaeze had carefully followed the developments at the National Assembly and felts that the executive was over bearing.
“As a constitutionally recognised arm of government with its own statutory responsibilities, if there is a disagreement within them, they should be allowed to resolve it themselves unless there is violence before the security can be involved.
The Ohanaeze leader went further to say that the executive must allow the legislature to handle their affairs themselves in the most congenial atmosphere.
Nwodo finally noted that democracy would be better served if all the arms of the government are allowed to operate without undue interference from each other.