•Condems use of security agents to settle political scores
•Decries NASS invasion, defections
The Association of the National Institute (AANI), has raised the alarm over recent developments in the polity, which it considers as a threat to democracy, especially the recent invasion of the National Assembly (NASS) by security agents.
The President of AANI, Mr. Khaleel Bolaji, gave this warning on Thursday during a press confrence in Abuja, where he called on political actors in the country to thread with caution.
Bolaji also noted that “the invasion of the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), portend great threat to the survival of Nigeria and this budding democracy.”
“Without doubt, the recent wind of defections witnessed by the two major political parties, All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where prime politicians have moved camps, is generating tension in the country.
He however, ssid that the response by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to the latest incident is highly commendable as a bold step towards restoring the dignity of the democracy and the rule of law.
He said that AANI feels strongly that all security agencies must operate within their mandate to defend the Nigerian nation and its people.
According to him, never must they be induced or influenced to be used as stooges in the hands of politicians and political actors.
Bolaji also condemned the extra- judicial measures through the use of brute of force, illegality or shorts circuiting the legislative rule and process, in achieving a change in the administrative order at the National Assembly without interference with the independence and integrity of the Parliament.
Regarding the sustain ace of democratic rule, the President of AANI advised politicians to learn to embrace discipline in political communication to safeguard democracy and play politics of decency.
“We believe that the actors themselves have crucial roles to play by embracing acceptable, lawful and modest utterances in achieving political objectives without desperation,” he remarked.
Bolaji reminded, that Nigeria belongs to all and no apprehension by anyone, or from any quarter must be allowed to shorten this hard-won democracy or distract the Government from delivering on the dividends contained in the current Government’s campaign promises.