The repeated allusion to coup or military intervention in governance by Senators on the floor of the Senate is cause for serious concern. Nigerians have therefore been urged to henceforth monitor the utterances of some Senators, as they are capable of truncating “our hard-earned democracy”.
Giving this warning in a Press Statement in Abuja yesterday, the Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) says incendiary remarks by Senators Dino Melaye and Ben Murray-Bruce during deliberations on killings in Nasarawa State was ‘’ most reprehensible’’.
In the statement signed by the Coordinator Austin Braimoh and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group wonders why Senators will take advantage of Senator Ike Ekweremade presiding to “instigate military intervention in our democracy.
“With this latest call for a military coup, coming barely few weeks after the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu made a similar call, we are forced to conclude that this is a script playing out and Nigerians are hereby urged to henceforth monitor the utterances of some PDP senators as they are capable of truncating our hard-earned democracy.”
Recall that Senator Ben Murray-Bruce at Tuesday’s plenary had said “let nobody be surprised, if the same agreement (sic) presented in 1983 for military to take over is presented, and if they do a lot of this people would be unemployed, and would need to find a source of income.”
BMSG says it considers these Senators’ remarks as “inciting, despicable, reprehensible and a calculated attempt to sabotage the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, which is focused on providing security across the country; reviving the economy and eradicating corruption in our public institutions.”
The group says it is aware that anti-corruption agencies are closing in on some politically exposed persons to recover their loot. “Is this why they want to bring down the roof on our democracy”, asked the group.
“We caution that under no circumstance should the Senate avail people with hidden agenda the use of its hallowed chamber to deride the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari or undermine our democracy as this will not augur well for the country.
‘’We see their opportunistic utterances as corruption fighting back since some of the Senators have an axe to grind based on the Buhari administration’s determination to curb corruption.”