I will not be sympathetic with the national assembly because it is not sympathetic to the pains of Nigerians. The legislature will only amplify the refrain “our democracy is under threat” whenever the executive does it dirty. But whenever citizens cry under the brutality of SARs, the national assembly will not comfort them.
Nigerians continue to suffer DSS and police harassment, extortion and intimidation, but the legislature has done nothing to bring them respite, besides politicising the issue? For example, Jones Abiri, a journalist, has been in DSS detention for more than two years extra-judicially, what has the national assembly done to get him out of captivity? Of course, he does not matter because he is not a senator.
The national assembly must understand that our democracy is under threat whenever a citizen is harassed, arrested and detained without charge by agents of the state. I believe Nigerians will join the fight of the legislature when it starts fighting their battles too.
In fact, sometimes, when the legislature takes the side of the people on a policy or government decision, it quickly re-aligns itself with the executive for political ends. It is this reason that Nigerians have stopped taking the institution seriously.
Our democracy is under threat when any citizen is a victim of state assault
We must protect our institutions regardless of the tenants who happen to find themselves there now. They will remain long after the present occupants have left the scene.