The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has kicked against the invasion of the Senate chamber and subsequent snatching of the mace by some people, perceived to be youths, saying that the act was condemnable,unpatriotic and capable of destroying Nigeria’s democratic systems.
The NYCN’s Director of Political and Democratic matters, Mr Obinna Nwaka,who said this in a statement in Abuja, described the invasion of the Senate and snatching of the mace – the symbol of legislative authority as a treasonable act that should not be treated with levity.
According to him, “No matter the situation in the country, Nigerian youths should not allow themselves to be used by desperate politicians who only like to engage them in unlawful and unwholesome activities.
“Youths should beam their searchlights on the under performing,corrupt, arrogant and selfish elected law makers to vote them out by 2019,’’Nwaka said.
The NYCN director, however commended the doggedness of the media for capturing the entire scenario.He also commended Nigerians for strongly condemning the invasion and the swift effort of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to recover the mace.
Nwaka noted that it was important for relevant security agencies to thoroughly investigate the matter, so the law could take its course on any body found culpable in the entire act.
He said the National Assembly could also suspend the issue of election sequence and focus more on passage of the budget and making of bills to empower Nigerians, who elected them into the chamber.
The Director also urged the leadership of the assembly to desist from incessant suspension of law makers, this he said would reduce unnecessary bickering among members and reduce further heating of the polity.
He advised that the alleged young men who had guts to accompany a serving Senator to cause disruption should be punished to serve as deterrents to other people.
“The security officers on duty should also be queried and be posted out of their current duty post,’’ he concluded.