Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekeweremadu, has said the country’s democracy is receding and it is not unlikely for the military to take over.
Ekeweremadu said this yesterday, while contributing to a debate on a motion sponsored by Senator representing Kogi Central, Ahmed Ogembe.
Ogembe had alleged that the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, sponsored thugs to disrupt an empowerment programme he organised for his constituents.
The Deputy Senate President said such incident shows that efforts must be made to protect the country’s democracy.
He cited different instances where federal lawmakers have been harassed, warning that democracy must not be turned into a joke.
Ekeweremadu also told Governor Bello that “the road he is travelling will not lead him anywhere”.
“You will recall that sometime last year when they wanted to recall Dino, I advised the governor that they are wasting the resources of that state, that it is a mission impossible,” Ekeweremadu said.
“They took three pages in the newspaper abusing me. Are we still hearing the recall today? Money that would have been wasted. Money that has been used to pay salaries of people in Kogi State was used to mobilise people to recall senator Dino yet those people have not been paid and Dino is still here.
“So today I am advising the governor again, that road he is travelling will not lead him anywhere. Ultimately, these people he is seeing here will be back here and he will leave office.
“If he doesn’t stop, there is no how he will come back in 2019, never, no he will not. God will show him that he is a God of justice and this is a message to all those people who have caused all kinds of problem in Nigeria at different level. The problem in Nigeria is that our democracy is receding. Who says army cannot take over, let us not joke with our democracy that is the issue.
“The house of a senator was destroyed in Kaduna state, we are talking about Kwankwaso who was stopped from going to his state where he ruled for eight years. In Kaduna, Shehu Sani cannot organise a meeting and we are about a democracy? The international community needs to know this because they helped us install democracy.”
On his part, Senate President Bukola Saraki said Nigeria’s democracy ought to be a good example to other countries.
“This is not what democracy is all about. For the role we play in the comity of nations we need to be good examples to other parts of the world,” Saraki said.