Zam­fara law­mak­ers’ ar­rest call to an­ar­chy – Speak­ers

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The Con­fer­ence of Speak­ers of State of Leg­is­la­tures in Nige­ria has de­scribed the ar­rest of the Speaker of the Zam­fara State House of As­sem­bly, Sanusi Garba Rik­iji, his deputy, Muham­mad Abubakar Gumi and other prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers as un­demo­cratic and ca­pa­ble of caus­ing an­ar­chy in the coun­try.

The leg­is­la­tors were ar­rested Tues­day by op­er­a­tives of the De­part­ment of State Ser­vice (DSS) and de­tained in Abuja over plans to im­peach Gover­nor Ab­dul-aziz Yari.

But the con­fer­ence of speak­ers said in a state­ment in Abuja yesterday by its Ad­min­is­tra­tive Sec­re­tary, Busari Sarafadeen, that it would not ac­cept such ac­tion, which it said was aimed at sti­fling and sup­press­ing the state leg­is­la­ture.

“The unprovoked ar­rest, which is un­con­nected with the ex­ec­u­tive arm of govern­ment of the state, is not only un­demo­cratic but a bad prece­dent which is ca­pa­ble of throw­ing the state in par­tic­u­lar and the gen­eral into the state of an­ar­chy.

“The con­fer­ence wants the ex­ec­u­tive arm to de­sist from such ac­tiv­i­ties that are aimed at sti­fling and sup­press­ing the leg­isla­tive arm of govern­ment in the state,” the con­fer­ence said.

While call­ing on Nige­ri­ans to rise against “au­thor­i­tar­ian and tyran­ni­cal ten­dency” of the ex­ec­u­tive, the con­fer­ence said a sys­tem of govern­ment whose leg­isla­tive arm was sti­fled, sup­pressed or at the mercy of the ex­ec­u­tive arm of govern­ment was un­demo­cratic and despotic.

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