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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

National Assembly protest: Saraki identifies ministers, APC governors as sponsors

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has identified ministers and governors in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as those who sponsored the protest against the National Assembly members on Tuesday.

The Senate President stated this on the floor of the senate on Tuesday after Barnabas Gamade, senator representing Benue north-east, drew the attention of the lawmakers to a protest that rocked the entrance of the National Assembly premises.

The protesters, who demanded the resignation of Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, decried insertions made in the 2018 budget.

Saraki said, “People are taking advantage of the poverty in the country and what is saddening about it is that those who are doing this are those who are part of government. This does not help the unity of the arms of government.

“Mr President needs to investigate this and call to order – there is no secret in this. If you go out there, those boys will tell you where they are collecting the money from; the minister giving them the money, the governor that is giving them the money and these are governors, ministers in the same ruling party.

“So, I rarely don’t understand how they will promote unity with these kind of things. There is need for these kind of activities to stop. If we keep weakening this institution, it will hurt us down the line when we need them. Those showing, rascality irresponsibility should be called to order because they are taking advantage of these young ones.

“If there is something wrong with the implementation, it is the executive. We don’t award the contract, we don’t release the money. Those behind the protest should desist; we know who you are, it is not in the interest of the unity of this country.”

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