IGP vs Senate: Nigeria drifting towards totalitarianism-PDP

Sen. Melaye and IGP, Idris

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned  the repeated snubbing of the Senate by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris.

 

Idris for the third time, shunned Senate’s invitation over the high level of insecurity situation and handling of Senator Dino Melaye’s arrest .

The party described the IGP’s no show as a “deliberate assault on our democratic process, willful denigration of the National Assembly and the recourse to totalitarianism”.

 

The PDP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, expressed angst that the IGP has not been reprimanded by President Muhammadu Buhari, as the chief security officer of the nation.

The statement read in part: “It is instructive to state that never in our democratic history as a people and a nation, has a service chief or an inspector general of police treated the National Assembly with as much dishonor and disdain like the current IGP.

“All over the world, the legislature is a bastion of democracy and our constitution, in recognition of this, provides a special place for our National Assembly, as the representatives of the people, to serve as a check on the executive arm.

“We therefore condemn this offensive on our democracy by IGP Idris as well as the deliberate insult being heaped on each of our legislators by appointees of President Buhari.

“We invite Nigerians to note that totalitarianism does not begin in a day. It starts from a deliberate disrespect to statutes, laws and institutions that engender democracy and rule of law.

“Consequently, the PDP, as a party, urges the President of the Senate and senators to protect the institution of the legislature and our democracy by not limiting their action only to finding Mr. Ibrahim Idris as “unfit” to hold public office.

“The PDP, therefore, charges the Senate to take the next step within their legislative instrument and powers to restore the respect and dignity which the generality of Nigerians and the 1999 Constitution (as amended) bestow on them”.

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