Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has commended the resilience of members of the National Assembly over the invasion of its complex by officials of the State Security Service.
Operatives of the SSS had in a perceived bid to aid the forceful removal of Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday blocked the main entrance of the National Assembly, preventing lawmakers and staff from gaining access into the complex.
in a statement circulated Wednesday by Turaki Hassan, Dogara’s special adviser on Media and Public Affairs, said the lawmakers’ action was not just a service to Nigeria but also to democracy.
“What you did today is not just a service to our fatherland, it is a service to democracy, actually you have ensured that our democracy survives and you have beaten back the callous hands of tyranny.
“What we have done therefore is service to our democracy and forever this day will go into history, as one of those days our democracy faced serious trials and that true men and women of courage were able to ensure that it survives.”
“You should be vigilant as it is said by so many philosophers that vigilance is the condition upon which God has given man liberty.
“Once you compromise that, instantly is the punishment of your crimes; it has been said clearly.
“So we have to be eternally vigilant; it is not that today’s event has ended and democracy will not face any other trial, they will keep coming.”