Hundreds of protesters stormed Nigeria’s National Assembly, protesting against budget padding, thereby causing a total lock down of the Assembly’s main entrance.
The protesters who besieged the entrance to the Nigerian Parliament displayed placards with various inscriptions such as: “ Saraki Must Go”, Dogara must step down from office, Your Job is to make law and not to police the executive,” among others.
This is coming as the lawmakers resume from their Salah break.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had while signing the budget, expressed displeasure over some of the amendments the National Assembly made to the 2018 Appropriation Bill before passing it.
And the National Assembly had also justifies its stands on the 2018 appropriation bill explaining that projects and votes in the 2018 budget were rejjigged by the legislature to correct alleged imbalance in the Appropriation Bill presented by the executives.
Meanwhile, what dominated the demands of protesters was that Saraki, Dogara should step down from office over the 2018 budget impasse.
Leaders of the group expressed concerns over how National’s annual budgets have been padded over the years to the disadvantage of 180 million Nigerians and for the privileged of a few individuals.
The protesters are calling on EFCC and ICPC to wade into the matter and to do a through job of exposing federal lawmakers who are in the habit of ripping Nigerians off.
They alleged that the leadership of National Assembly lack the requisite credibility and moral capacity to hold their positions of authority.