Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, has condemned the siege on the Edo State House of Assembly by men suspected to be loyal to Governor Godwin Obaseki.
In a statement on Saturday on behalf of the Conference of Speakers, Obasa said the removal of the roofs of the hallowed Assembly is an injury to Nigeria’s democracy and must be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians.
Obasa, who is the Speaker of the Lagos Assembly, described the brazen manner the suspected political thugs took over the Assembly, removed the roof and broke the symbolic mace, as sheer recklessness.
“It is sheer recklessness and proof of dictatorship for a governor who is supposed to be the head of the executive arm of government to decide to take charge of another arm through questionable means as it happened in Edo,” he said.
“There were reports linking the removal of the roof and the offloading of gravel at the complex to purported plans by the government to renovate the Assembly but we think this is an afterthought.”
The Conference of Speakers wondered how the idea of renovating the Assembly suddenly came up just weeks to the governorship election in the state.
“Why is the government just realising the need renovate the complex at the twilight of the administration?
“What happens to the building if the governor does not return? What happens if the next administration does not take that direction?” the Speakers asked.
Obasa further questioned the role played the Commissioner of Police in the state in the entire drama.
He accused the police commissioner of allowing himself to be used as a tool to perpetrate an attack on democracy in the way the drama panned out at the Assembly complex in the state.