A legal practitioner, Emmanuel Anene, believes the recent blockade of the National Assembly is an attempt to overthrow the legislative arm of government.
Mr Anene made the claim on Friday during his appearance on Sunrise Daily, days after operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) prevented lawmakers from entering the Assembly complex in Abuja.
“What happened in the National assembly is a failed coup on Nigerians; not only on the National Assembly but on entire Nigerians, on entire lovers of democracy,” he said during the Channels Television breakfast show.
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The lawyer explained further, “Let’s take the issues in proper perspective. What is the intendment of the DSS by besieging the National Assembly? That was intended to prevent an all-important arm of government from functioning.”
“Let me liken it to a situation where the Acting President wakes up in the morning only to be prevented by arm-bearing hooded men from entering his office. That also will stop him from performing his constitutional duties,” he added.
Anene also reacted to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s response to the incident by sacking the then Director-General of DSS, Mr Lawal Daura.
He noted that while the decision to sack Daura was a welcome development, “it is not enough”.
The legal practitioner expected the Acting President to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the incident to unravel what really transpired.
He pointed out that “the siege was in the morning but in the afternoon, he (Daura) was fired.”
“Was it thorough? We were made to understand that the DSS were acting on the order from the above. Then, who is that person that gave the order from the above? Anene questioned.
The blockade of the National Assembly by security operatives has continued to generate more criticism across the country since the incident occurred on Tuesday.
But the Acting DSS DG, Mr Mathew Seiyefa, assured Nigerians that the agency would continue to protect the country’s interest at all times.