Zamfara lawmakers’ arrest call to anarchy – Speakers
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.